Blame for the Normandie

AND CIVILIAN DEFENSE

Blame for the humiliating and shameful disaster to the liner Normandie (renamed by the Navy the Lafayette) landed on the U.S. Navy with a thud last week. A House investigating committee declared: "The line of demarcation of the responsibility ...was much confused. ..." But the committee's outraged report put the blame on "Government representatives."

Background to Disaster was laid in December, when the Navy Department "accepted the vessel and 'full responsibility' therefor." Few steps to safeguard the

$60,000,000 liner were taken. Coast Guards put aboard became only casually familiar with her intricate machinery. Only three or four of her fire...

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