Travel: The Bounding Main

The fireboats were spraying, and the French ambassador was waiting. Into New York harbor steamed the world's newest and longest ocean liner, France, her profile ennobled by huge ailerons protruding from two canted stacks.* On her maiden voyage, the France last week carried 1,600 French Line officials and paying customers, all of them grateful for a touch of dry land. The great ship had run into a storm that spoiled one day of the voyage as well as some dishes and dinners.

Calculated Gamble. The France is an elegant, $80 million defiance of...

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