le havre-bound!

Posted in liners, Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2010/03/24

I am going to Le Havre, in Normandie, France!

Two Atlantic liners of the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, or “The French Line”:

SS Normandie, 1935
Builder: Chantiers de Penhoët, St. Nazaire, France.
Length: 1,029 ft (313.6 m)
Beam: 119 ft 5 in (36.4 m)
Height: 184 ft (56.1 m)
Draft: 37 ft (11.3 m)
Decks: 12
Installed power: Four turbo-electric, total 160,000 hp (200,000 hp max).
Propulsion: Four 3- (later 4-) bladed, 23 tons each
Speed:29 knots (54 km/h), max speed recorded 32.2 knots (59.6 km/h)
Capacity: 1,972: 848 First Class (cabin), 670 Tourist Class, 454 Third Class
Crew: 1,345
Maiden voyage: Le Havre – New York in 1935.

SS France, 1962

Builder: Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France.
Length: 316.1 m (1,035 ft)
Beam: 33.8 m (110.6 ft) waterline
Draft: 10.8 m (34 ft)
Propulsion: Geared CEM-Parsons turbines quadruple propeller (1961-1979) / twin propeller (1979-2008)
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) approx.
1961-1974   407 First class,  1,637 Tourist class
1980-1990 – 1,944 passengers
1994-2003 – 2,565 passengers
1961-1974 – 1,253
1980-1990 – 875
1994-2003 – 875
Notes: Cost US $80 million approx.
Maiden voyage: Le Havre – New York , 1962

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  1. alice o said, on 2010/03/24 at 15:39

    bon voyage, ma chere. dites boujours a mes amis dans le havres. peut-etre mes freres et soeurs seront la. :))

  2. tugster said, on 2010/03/24 at 17:40

    call me killjoy, but … the war found normandie in NY, it was seized, renamed USS lafayette to serve as a troopship. then it caught fire, capsized at the pier in NY, and ultimately scrapped in 1946. france ultimately was scrapped on a beach in alang in 2008. quel tristesse.

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  4. seabart said, on 2010/03/25 at 05:29

    Have fun! Be creative, make some nice pics!

  5. Capt. Mike said, on 2010/03/25 at 06:51

    Bon voyage!

  6. Buck said, on 2010/03/25 at 11:10

    Bon voyage! I can’t wait to see the drawings this will inspire!

  7. O Docker said, on 2010/03/25 at 19:31

    Bon voyage!
    Bon temps!
    Bonne chance!

  8. mageb said, on 2010/03/25 at 21:10

    Oh my, I will miss you. I’m just off the Queen Mary 1….what a great ship. Take your laptop and sketch book please. Many hugs……….

    • bowsprite said, on 2010/03/26 at 08:53

      hugs back! thank you everyone!
      no laptop–travelling light, laden with paper, ink and colors. Back to work, shall post when i return 1 avril!!

  9. Cold is the Sea said, on 2010/03/26 at 05:06

    Sounds like a great trip! Have fun!

  10. Michael said, on 2010/03/26 at 12:52

    quelle fun! Enjoy

  11. cadilhac said, on 2010/03/28 at 10:41

    message to Christina Sun
    We met on sunday morning the 03/28 in le Havre harbour, near french navy boats and we were discussing about Irish terminal where you would want to have a visit for seeing the “Docks en Stock” exhibition. I told you the name of the last one : Sandy Hook, who was a famous french merchant boat painter. They were about 2000 visitors during two months, a lot of interest.

    Bon Voyage
    Bernard Cadilhac

  12. Max said, on 2010/03/28 at 13:08

    Take a trip across the river to Honfleur – the viex port is stunning.

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  14. Carol Lois Haywood said, on 2010/03/31 at 11:53

    Eager to see your drawings on your return. Bon voyage! Carol

  15. mathieu " la sardaigne" said, on 2010/04/01 at 10:56

    curiosity satisfied MISS BIKE…
    Welcome back to New York.
    And if one day you have some time , send me a drawing….

  16. fabien said, on 2010/04/13 at 02:02

    As i promised i came on your blog, i don’t know if you will remember me, i’m Fabien, the XO of the french navy schoolship “PANTHERE”, we met in Le havre, it was raining and i brought you a coffee from the ship!!
    Your work is very very nice!!
    I’m pleased to met you this rainy day…
    Will you publish the drawings of our ship??
    Amitiés de France

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