Reginald Marsh | The SS Normandie in New York Harbor

American, 1898–1954

The SS Normandie in New York Harbor

Signed with initials R.M., inscribed and dated SS. NORMANDIE 1937
Watercolor on paper
15 x 21 inches (38.1 x 53.34 cm)
Framed: 21 x 27 inches (53.34 x 68.58 cm)
Built in Saint-Nazaire, France, the ocean liner SS Normandie entered service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship in the world. During World War II the ship was seized by US authorities in New York and renamed USS Lafayette. In 1942, the liner caught fire while being converted to a troopship and capsized in the Hudson River at Pier 88, the site of the current New York Passenger Ship Terminal. Although salvaged at great expense, restoration was deemed too costly and the ship was scrapped in October 1946, but remains the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built.

The Artist
Estate of Senator William Benton
John H. Benton Trust, New York
Owen Gallery, New York
Robert Simpson, Washington

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