Normandie, the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Liner
Normandie, the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Liner is a well-researched historical novel. Through focusing on the design, construction and art of the French Line’s glorious 1935 flagship, Silvin brings readers through a tale of the enchanting and romantic history of Twentieth Century, North Atlantic luxury travel. The illustrated narrative is punctuated by glamorous accounts of the famous passengers who travelled on Normandie during her four-year life.
While fictional, the celebrities’ conversations are soundly based on what was happening in these legendary people’s lives at the time of their documented “crossings”. Readers will feel as if they are aboard the beguiling ship with artistic, social and political icons from both sides of the Atlantic.
Finally, shrouded with details of the major international events that led up to the Second World War, Silvin chronicles the real story of Normandie’s tragic end. The horrid visual of what was to be America’s only large troop carrier lying on her side in New York City only two months after Pearl Harbor, gave way to the most elaborate yet predictably futile salvage job in naval history.