Photo: World Ship Society Port of New York Branch.
One of the Last Liners, SS France (1969)
Launched in 1960 with a length of 316 meters and a capacity of about 2,000 passengers, the SS France is one of the last of a long line of liners that have provided transatlantic services between Europe and North America. However, the business model the France was built to service was in strong decline and would be short lived. By the late 1960s, transatlantic travel was being dominated by the jet plane. Decommissioned in 1974, she was purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line, refurbished and put into service as a cruise ship (SS Norway) between 1980 and 2003. The ships was then scrapped.