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The thirties was a highpoint for ocean-likely liners. Crossing the Atlantic by boat was the only way to achieve the US, and competitiveness amongst the French and British shipyards was hardly ever fewer than fierce, a aim for patriotic pleasure. The British Queen Mary and French Normandie epitomised the golden age of the ocean liners. They have been among the the floating Artwork Deco palaces that competed intensely to earn the Blue Riband – a prize for the quickest Atlantic crossing. A Holy Grail for the two nations, this prize was also a good little bit of marketing and advertising.

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  1. Good grief, I wish I could have traveled first class with both ships. A simply fantastic video showing great times. Thanks a lot for making taping editing uploading and sharing.

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  2. Just compare those beautiful, graceful ships with today`s hideous floating tower blocks.

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  3. Sounds like the Concorde of its day.

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  4. The French really knew how to construct ships and aircraft! The SS Normandie and the SST Concorde! I would have given about anything to have sailed on the Normandie, with her ultra-rich decor! There is nothing quite like the sound of the great horns of a ship pulling out of harbor! Her life was short though, ending in a New York harbor, due to a fire and then she sank. She was raised but never rehabilitated and was finally sold for scrap. Tragic end to a once-beautiful ship.

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  5. Humans have the tendency to forget to fast! It had been 22 years since the Titanic disaster, but they were all anxious to get right back on a large ship and sail! (There were no trans-oceanic flights by aircraft yet.) The Queen Mary was an incredible ship though, carrying thousands during the war. I slept aboard her several times in Long Beach, while visiting So. Calif. and truly enjoyed inspecting where we were allowed to go and what we were allowed to see. The wood in the staterooms is gorgeous as is everything you see aboard her. I suppose the great QM will go on forever, but it's kind of sad to me that now she is classified as a mere building, because all her sailing parts like the props and machinery have been removed. There are so many restaurants now, and the guided tours only take you to certain areas. Still, she is a grand old lady!

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  6. Great documentary.

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  7. The Scottish shipyard worker needs captions translating what he is saying – and I'm generally good at understanding Scottish and English!

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  8. it all depends on what video you what on which ship is better. Next video says the queen Mary did the best. REa;;u/ Boring.

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  9. Too many commercial interruption. Ruined it.

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  10. The people in power and the people with money seldom listen to somebody who really knows his stuff. The reason is that they consider their power and money as proof of their superior minds. It is a fatal error. Battles were lost, countries and crowns were lost, and the most beautiful ship ever built, was lost.

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  11. Nice video shame about the constant ads 🙄

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  12. strange how they saved everything,just before fire,hmmm

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  13. funny thing about these old ships, they polluted more, than all the cars today will ever manage to do in our history combined, but it was diffrent times, cant blame them

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  14. Die Englaender haben den Schnell Dampfer "EUROPA" geklaut.Damit hat Deutschland das BLAUE BAND verloren

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  15. Too many Adverts!

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  16. Huge ships filled with immigrants welcomed to America, those were the days.

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  17. I'm happy that you can visit THE QUEEN MARY at any time at Long Beach CA, or here: https://www.queenmary.com/gallery/photo-gallery/

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  18. The liners ALWAYS claimed they weren't trying for the Blue Riband on their maiden voyages, cause they wanted to save face in case something broke. But they always seemed to just happen to have one aboard when they arrived and coincidentally had set a record.

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  19. Russian and soviet engineers have always been one of the best and played a huge role in many important inventions when mostly abroad. The French couldn’t even design their own ship so here came a Russian

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  20. I always loved the normandie for her look
    she really represents to me the 30's era
    she was imposing by her presence
    but that rivalry with the queen mary will never be duplicated

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