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NAME

SS. PARIS

CLASS

LINER

LAUNCHED

SEPTEMBER 12th 1916

BUILT

CHANTIERS ET ATELIERS / SAINT NAZAIR / FRANCE

WEIGHT

34,569 TONS

LENGTH

764 FEET

WIDTH

85 FEET

SPEED

22 KNOTS - TURBINE ENGINES - FOUR PROPELLERS


Paris followed the French Line’s 23,666-ton liner France launched in 1910 and became the company’s largest ship at that time. Although she was laid down in 1913, the outbreak of World War One delayed her launched until 1916. With the war continuing until November 1918 and a shortage of materials in the following years, Paris eventually entered service in 1921. She set out on her maiden voyage from Le Havre - New York June 15th 1921, eight years after construction had began. While Paris was docked at Le Havre in 1929, a fire broke out in her upper decks. That fire caused so much damage to her passenger compartments repairs took almost six months to complete.

The Paris

Paris caught fire a second time while docked at Le Havre April 18th 1939. This time the flames raged out of control causing the death of two people and serious damage to the ship. As fire fighters used excessive amounts of water to control the flames, she became top heavy, turned on her port side and sank at her berth. With Paris then blocking the opening to a dry dock that contained the French Line’s flagship Normandie, her funnels and masts had to be dismantled to allow Normandie out of the dock. The outbreak of World War Two in August of that year forced the French Line to abandon their stricken liner. Five years later, the end of the war saw the German liner Europa awarded to France as compensation for the loss of their finest liner Normandie. The French Line tied Europa up next to the extensively damaged Paris at Le Havre until she could undergo a refit. Before that work could be carried out, Europa snapped her moorings during a violent storm, hit the half submerged Paris and sank in an upright position. Although the French Line took the decision to salvaged Europa, they had their liner Paris dismantled where she lay in 1947.

Paris on fire at Le Havre
The Paris on fire

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