Costing a massive eighty eight million pounds, the impressive Normandie was delivered in May 1992 to the Portsmouth/Ouistreham (near Caen) service. Her name was inspired by the great Atlantic liner Normandie of 1932, a ship that was pride of the French nation. The new Normandie was not quite up to the standard of her namesake, neither in looks or prestige, but hugely improved the Brittany Ferries service. Here she is pictured in two views making her customary slow vacation of Portsmouth Harbour. Her designers opted to place her life boats in crevices inside the superstructure, and her promenade and boat decks end abruptly behind her funnel, creating an unbalanced profile.
M. S. Normandie
Builder: Kvaerner Masa-Yards, Åbo Finland.
Yard number: 1,315.
Dimensions (length, breadth, depth): 161.4 x 26.6 x 5.,65 metres.
Tonnages (gross, net, dead weight): 27,541, 16,833, 4,225 .
Engines: Four Wärtsilä-Vasa diesel.
Power: 17,760 kW.
Speed (knots): 20.5.
Passenger certificate: 2,160.
Car capacity: 680.
5.5.1992: Delivered to Brittany Ferries (registered at Caen).
16.5.1992: Arrived at Portsmouth.
18.5.1992: Entered service Ouistreham (near Caen)/Portsmouth.
Normandie appears to gleam in the company of a yacht. The masts of H. M. S. Victory can be seen to the right.