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Normandie building, 1932, KEYSTONE

Normandie building, 1932, KEYSTONE

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Unique vintage print coming directly from the KEYSTONE fund.

The works began on January 26, 1931 in the Penhoët building sites in Saint-Nazaire. The Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, however, experienced serious financial difficulties with the 1929 crisis. From 1930, it must appeal to the State through loans, then finally finds itself under its tutelage from June 22, 1931. On several occasions, it is question of interrupting construction: the White Star Line and the Cunard have already done the same with their Oceanic and Queen Mary. However, the managing director of the Transat, Henri Cangardel, and its president, Marcel Olivier, are struggling to highlight the advantages that the ship could bring to France, and manage to keep the project on track.

In April 1932, the order was confirmed, confirming the manufacturers' desire to see their ship completed. It was during this period that the Transat finally questioned the name to give to its flagship. The appellation President Paul-Doumer is proposed by the Minister of the Merchant Marine in homage to Paul Doumer, President of the Republic assassinated the same year. However, Henri Cangardel and other officials of the company oppose this name, which, pronounced in English, comes close to doomed. On October 18, the name of Normandy was finally chosen by the board of directors. It had already proven itself on a ship from the end of the previous century, and recalls the tradition of the company to give its ships the name of French provinces.

At the same time, the hull of the ocean liner was completed. The ship is ready to be launched on October 29, 1932, in front of a crowd of more than 200,000 people.

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Size (in) :

9 x 7

Image Size (in) :

9 x 6

Photo medium

Silver Print

Price :

800.00 €

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