Virtually everything about Normandie was state of the art (even before the term was invented). Her luxurious interiors were designed in Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style. An innovative hull enabled the liner to travel faster while using less power than other large liners. Turbo generators and electric propulsion motors allowed Normandie to run in full power in both forward and reverse. A rudimentary type of radar supplemented human lookouts.
Normandie was everything an ocean liner should be: fast, beautiful, elegant and timeless. In old photos and newsreels, she seems almost dreamlike—too sublime to be real.
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