Normandie arrives

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Normandie arrives - "Normandie" Will Be Paid for, the Government...
"Normandie" Will Be Paid for, the Government Says Washington, Dec, 16 (JT) — The United States took over the big French liner "Normandie." government today luxury The State department announced that the U. S. Maritime commission would take the liner over under existing law and that fair and adequate compensation would be made to thc owners. The action was described in the announcement as similar to that taken by the United States in the cases of the Swedish vessel "Kungs- holm," nnd other vessels of other friendly powers. Disclosure was made that negotiations had been underway with the French government for purchase of the "Normandie" and that the French expressed willingness to sell but conditions for payment attached to the proposal were rendered impracticable by the entry of the United States into war. NO HINT OF USE. The announcement made no mention of the use to which the "Normandie" would be put. No mention was made of thc status of other French vessels now in American ports. The $60,000,000 "Normandie" Is one of the largest and finest ships afloat. ' The 83,423-ton liner has been nt a Hudson river pier since the beginning of the war. The crews on all French ships In United States perls were removed by the coast guard December 12 for what was described by a state department official "as a measure of | necessary protection of the crews |

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  1. The Emporia Gazette,
  2. 16 Dec 1941, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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