Quick Facts

“The SS France was as long as the Eiffel Tower was tall, if the ship was raised on it’s end.” 

The Eiffel Tower of Paris is 324 meters high including the flag pole at the top: the SS France was 315.66 meters long from stem to stern. 

“The propellers of the SS Norway was guaranteed for a maximum 133 revolutions per minute.”

“SS Norway had 5 typhoons: 2 in the forward mast and three in the main mast.”

“The Panama Canal was constructed with insufficient measurements, according to French Line.”

“The first commanding officer of the SS Norway was Captain Torbjørn Hauge.”

“At maiden arrival in Oslo, minutes ahead of His Majesty the King’s arrival, there was some commotion in Club International as the portrait of His Majesty King Olav V was not completely level.”

“SS Norway can be seen in one episode of the long running crime series CSI Miami.”

“SS France once again became the largest liner in the world when the former Queen Elizabeth, Seawise University, was lost in a tragic fire in Hong Kong harbor.”

“SS Norway was the world’s largest passenger ship from 1980 to 1988 and from 1990 to 1996.”

“The rudder area of the SS France and the SS Norway was a massive 523 square feet (48,59 square meters). The rudder was modified to include an extra flip at the back vertical end after her conversion in 1990, to increase maneuverability.” 

“In November 1962, the painting of the Mona Lisa was packed in an airtight, floatable container and transported in a first class cabin, with round-the-clock security. The painting was being taken to New York, and President Kennedy of the USA, had appointed Mr. John Walker, then head of the National Gallery in Washington, to take care of all the arrangements from the US end. He later noted that the French government demanded more honors than are normally bestowed upon visiting heads of state. They specifically also insisted that the SS France was to be escorted by US Navy in to port of New York, with guards of honor from FBI, the US Navy and the National Guard.”

“The cooks drafted for service on board the new SS France were taken from only the very finest restaurants across France.”

“In November 1968, SS France had sailed more than one million nautical miles.”

“When the termination of service is announced in 1974, the ship is taken over by the crew for a total of 28 days: September 11th to October 9th 1974.”

“The SS France was built to replace two aging liners: SS Ile De France and SS Liberte.”

“In 1967, the SS France sailed to Montreal to be a part of the French Pavilion of the 1967 World Expo (see ship’s timeline).”

“The ship’s indoor pool remained intact from the days of SS France until the 1990-conversion, when it was redesigned to become a Roman Spa.”

“During conversion in 1979-1980, a large building at the Lloyd Werft was painted in several shades of blue to find the most suitable color for the ship’s hull.”

“The book ‘Devils on the Deep Blue Sea’ by Kristoffer A. Garin states “The Norway, for example, arrived in Miami in 1980 to much fanfare from the travel press but considerably less enthusiasm from the CDC. In an inspection where 86 was a passing score, NCL’s new flagship scored only 8 points out of 100. Its lapses included kitchen hand washing stations without soap, “dirty” meat slicers, and “greasy” cookware. The floor was littered with cigarette butts, and the cooks were spreading mayonnaise onto sandwiches for the lunch buffet with paintbrushes.”

“The SS France had as many as 50 engineers on engine room duty during sailing.”

“Steam pressure of the SS France was 900 pounds (LBS) / square inch, 482 degrees C.”

“SS France would burn 300.000 gallons of heavy fuel each week, thats just 9 meters per gallon.”

“SS France 4 propellers had 4 blades, weighed 24 tons each and had a diameter of 20 feet.”

“The 4 Carrier Air Condition compressors on board would produce 107 million BTU.”

“SS Norway would take on 540.000 gallons of freshwater each week in Miami, just 1/3 of the total consumption. The guests would go through some 70 gallons of water each cruise.”

“The SS Norway electricity plant could produce around 18,5 MW (enough to supply a city of approximately 25.000 people).”

“SS France had a crew of 1044: 108 worked on the bridge (believed to also include the entire deck department), 188 in the engine department, and the remaining 800 within service departments.” 

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