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The Blue Riband: New York Metropolis and the Superliners — NYC Division of Data & Data Providers


In different phrases, President Roosevelt’s New Deal got here to the rescue with funding by way of the federal Public Works Administration (PWA). The 1935 Docks Division report defined that “…nice efforts needed to be prolonged to have this pier [88] in readiness” for the maiden voyage of the Normandie and concluded “… the efforts of the Division of Docks on this connection earned the commendation of the excessive officers of the French Line.”

The Dock Division experiences and correspondence within the Mayor LaGuardia papers present descriptions of all the brand new options of the brand new pier amenities. A part of the impetus for the brand new buildings was to allow steamship firms to unload and reload these huge ships as shortly as doable. A memorandum to Mayor LaGuardia dated Might 23, 1935, is illustrative: “The pier and shed buildings are trendy in each explicit and supplied with workplace enclosures, passenger ready rooms, baggage and passenger elevators, sprinkler methods, heating, plumbing, water provide and electrical home equipment, escalators and baggage conveyors.”

Turning once more to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s papers, the substantial quantity of fabric relating to the preparations to welcome the brand new tremendous liners additionally mirror the significance of maritime actions. Planning for the arrival of the Queen Mary generated three fats folders in LaGuardia’s topic information, and one other folder holds the correspondence for the Normandie reception. In each situations, the Mayor organized welcoming committees of distinguished New Yorkers: Jay P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt acquired invites to the Queen Mary celebrations. Because the arrival date for the Queen Mary grew nearer, nevertheless, the Mayor’s workplace let the committee members know that “As a result of the British individuals are nonetheless in mourning for the loss of life of the late King George V., there will probably be no official consultant of the British authorities aboard the ship. For that cause there will probably be no official banquet by the Metropolis of New York on this event.”

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