L'Atlantique - Queen of the South Atlantic

L'Atlantique - Queen of the South Atlantic
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Article code08093
L'Atlantique - Queen of the South Atlantic
120 pages
b&w photos
Soft cover
23 x 25 cm
0,551 kg

Always an unlucky company, "Compagnie de Navigation Sud Atlantique" were often at the forefront of ship design and passenger amenities, but were never able to profit from their decisions. In 1928 the directors took the bold step of ordering the largest, most luxurious liner yet seen on the Europe-South America service -- "L'Atlantique". A succesful maiden voyage in 1931 was followed by a further nine uneventful crossings. Then tragedy struck again: in January 1933, while on her way to LeHavre for an overhaul, "L'Atlantique" caught fire in the English Channel. Adrift and abandoned, she was gutted by fire but stayed afloat, and was subsequently towed to Chebourg. After several years of acrimonious litigation with insurers, "L'Atlantique" was finally scrapped in February 1936.