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How the Normandie was Protected Against Fire During Salvaging

Issue 11 and Volume 96.

How the Normandie was Protected Against Fire During Salvaging Use off Cutting Torches from Stem to Stern of Ship Made Necessary Constant Vigilance THE U.S.S. Lafayette (former French liner S.S. Normandie), rapidly approaching complete salvage following a disastrous fire on February 9, 1942, which culminated in the capsizing of the potential troop ship early in the morning of February 10, at Pier 88, North River, New York City, was guarded from further fire during hazardous salvage operations by retired Battalion Chief John J. Keeley of the New York Fire Department. Official U. S. Navy Photography The salvage of the 79,280-ton Normandie was taken over on February 24, 1942, by the Chief of the Bureau of Ships, Navy Department, and was placed under the immediate command of the Supervisor of Salvage of the Navy. Captain (now Commodore) Win. A. Sullivan, U.S.N., who was succeeded a year ago by Commander (now Captain)…

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