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The SS Normandie Aflame

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While this 1942 newsreel conjectures “Accident or sabotage? The world may never know,” the actual disaster was caused by a welder accidentally setting fire to a store of flammable life jackets.


The Normandie in Better Days

All images from the South Street Seaport Museum exhibit Decodance: Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard the SS Normandie.

Additional Color Footage of the Blaze


Adolphe Cassandre's famed 1935 depiction of the SS Normandie.

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