Above & below: the SS Normandie. The Normandie was seized by the U.S. government and renamed the USS Lafayette but burned in New York harbor before she could be put to good use in the war effort. The bronze doors to the chapel were salvaged and now grace the Church of Our Lady of Lebanon in Brooklyn.
Above & below: the SS Ile de France. The Ile de France was the first liner built entirely in the art-deco style. She was scrapped at Osaka, Japan in 1959, but the ninth floor restaurant at Eaton’s in Montréal was designed in imitation of the first-class dining room of the Ile de France at the request of the department store owner’s wife.
Above: the MS Piłsudski. The Piłsudski was launched in 1935, but sank in November 1939 during her first journey after the start of the Second World War. The Piłsudski is now the biggest shipwreck on the Yorkshire coastline. Unlike those on the Normandie and the Ile de France, the smaller Polish vessel merely hid an altar behind a moving panel rather than devoting space to a dedicated chapel — this was a more common practice on smaller-to-mid-sized ocean liners as well as on liners from Protestant countries.