I’ve been perusing another trove of vintage snapshots, and these two, presumably shot on the same day, rather grabbed me. It took me a couple of minutes to identify this splendid superliner, as initially I thought it was the Queen Elizabeth. It’s the SS France, which was launched in 1961, and was the pride of its country. But like all of these liners, it fell on hard times and she was laid up in 1974, and sold Norwegian Cruise Lines, and renamed the Norway. After a long career as a cruise ship, she was sold and resold, with the designs for either refitting or scrapping, but the liner was laid up eventually over environmental concerns. She was finally scrapped in 2008.
And how long did this 1960 Plymouth survive?
The other shot features the Queen Mary, a ship I had the pleasure to explore at its berth in Long Beach, CA. I really enjoyed that day, exploring it from stem to stern, and those areas that had been preserved and open to the tour. The Queen Mary was launched in 1934, and stayed popular on the transatlantic route along with her younger sister, the Queen Elizabeth, until 1967 when she was retired. Her chief rival was the Normandie, a more advanced-looking ship and outfitted in more modern design. But the QM kept the Blue Ribbon for fastest transatlantic crossing time and also was more popular with passengers. She finally had to give the Blue Ribband to the United States in 1952, the fastest ship of its kind ever built.
And how fast was that 1957 Chrysler?
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