19 March 2009

Speedy

On this day in 1937, the S.S. Normandie was a day into an eastbound voyage that would win her the Blue Riband Trophy, awarded to the ship that makes the fastest Atlantic crossing between America and Europe. In August 1936, the Queen Mary had taken the prize from the Normandie, but the French ship rebounded in '37, setting new records not only in March, but in July and August. 

The Mary would eventually win the Blue Riband back in 1938, holding onto it until 1952 when she lost it to the brand new--and speedy--S.S. United States. 




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