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Brooklyn, New York: Last Identifiable Piece of the Normandie

The luxury French liner Normandie was being refitted as a troop ship in 1942 when it caught fire and sank. Surviving bronze doors to the ship's "super-imperial banquet room" are now the outside doors to a church sanctuary.

113 Remsen St., Brooklyn, NY
Our Lady of Lebanon Roman Catholic Church. The door with the Normandie on it is on the one facing Remsen St., on the northeast corner of Remsen and Henry Sts.
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Last Identifiable Piece of the Normandie

I was on Remsen Street and wanted to send a pic. There was a gate obstructing some of the view of the bronze doors.

[Carol Jacob, 06/11/2011]
Last Identifiable Piece of the Normandie

The French liner SS Normandie was the biggest, fastest, most luxurious ship in the world in the 1930s. It was being refitted as a troop ship in 1942 when it caught fire and capsized at a pier in New York City. Only a few scraps were salvaged. The biggest were the two bronze doors to the ship's "super-imperial banquet room," decorated with big medallions of French scenes of castles and cathedrals -- and one of the Normandie. The doors were put up for sale, and were bought by a Catholic church in Brooklyn, which used them as the outside doors to its sanctuary and bell tower. They're still there; the bell tower door is the one with the Normandie.

[ Team, 02/12/2011]

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