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Liners docked at the Chelsea Piers in the early 1930’s. From bottom to top: White Star’s Britannic and Olympic, the American Line’s Leviathan, Red Star line’s Pennland, and the French line’s Paris. The squat motor ship style of the Britannic from 1929 stands in stark contrast to the towering profile of the Olympic from 1911, and the rest for that matter, a contemporary style also seen in the German greyhounds the Bremen and Europa from 1929 and 1930. The Britannic would see service until 1960, the last White Star liner in active service. Olympic and Leviathan would soon meet the scrappers, Paris was destroyed by fire in 1939 and Pennland during WW2. The Chelsea Piers would also meet their demise as the still operating Luxury Liner Row was opened soon after to accommodate the larger Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Normandie and Chelsea piers fell into gradual disuse minus a brief resurgence of traffic during WW2 troop embarkations. The piers were eventually refurbished into its current recreation area.

Liners docked at the Chelsea Piers in the early 1930’s. From bottom to top: White Star’s Britannic and Olympic, the American Line’s Leviathan, Red Star line’s Pennland, and the French line’s Paris. The squat motor ship style of the Britannic from 1929 stands in stark contrast to the towering profile of the Olympic from 1911, and the rest for that matter, a contemporary style also seen in the German greyhounds the Bremen and Europa from 1929 and 1930. The Britannic would see service until 1960, the last White Star liner in active service. Olympic and Leviathan would soon meet the scrappers, Paris was destroyed by fire in 1939 and Pennland during WW2. The Chelsea Piers would also meet their demise as the still operating Luxury Liner Row was opened soon after to accommodate the larger Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and Normandie and Chelsea piers fell into gradual disuse minus a brief resurgence of traffic during WW2 troop embarkations. The piers were eventually refurbished into its current recreation area.

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