Surrounded by dazzling lights, the SS Normandie is moored late at night in a port in the United States. At the time of its construction by the French in the early 1930s, the ship was considered the largest ship in the world and was largely admired for its incredible structure and well-designed interior with luxurious detailing. For these reasons, the Normandie was regarded as the ultimate ocean liner during the 1930s. However, due to the emergence of World War II, Normandie's career sadly came to a close in the early 1940s, and she was transferred to the US War Department in 1942. On February 9th of that same year, the ship unfortunately burned down when several lifejackets that caught fire from a welder's torch.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.