Steamshipsby Harry Hudson Rodmell
French Ocean Line Plymouth New York
A breathtaking New York Harbor perspective with Statue of Liberty in the background.The Paris was not the luckiest of ships. Begun in 1914, she was obliged to vacate her slip for warship construction before she was completed. She didn't make her first voyage until 1920. Six years later she sank a tugboat in Le Havre, the incident bringing about the loss of ten lives. In 1929, her interior was ravaged by fire. In 1939, on the eve of sailing for New York, another fire broke out in her bakery. Fire crews brought it under control, but like the Normandie three years later, she was sunk by the tons of water from the pumps. None of this unhappy destiny can be gleaned from this design, however, with its celestial union of tricolored French/American patriotism, set off by the exclamatory presence of the conjoining presence of the Statue of Liberty. After attending the College of Arts in his native Hill, Rodmell worked extensively for the Swedish-American Line and for the Norddeutscher Lloyd.