Exhibitions

Cutaway longitudinal plans give the viewer a sense of a ship’s internal arrangements from a perspective different from that of an overhead plan view. A common reference tool for naval architects, they were adopted for promotional use by adding color and figures to spaces other-wise identifiable only by name. These plans also opened a window on parts of the ship general-ly not visited by passengers, like the galleys and food storage rooms, engine rooms, crew ac-commodations, and cargo spaces.

In the plans for the Aquitania [59], Normandie [60] and Belgenland [62]—all distinguished in transatlantic service—we see passengers involved in activities from eating and dancing to fencing. The rendering of the smaller Jadotville [61], built for service to the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), shows much the same—but look for the crew’s showers.

59. Cunard Line

Aquitania (1914-50).
Longitudinal plan, n.d. 23.5 × 124 cm.
Cunard’s promotional literature referred to the Aquitania as the “Aristocrat of the Seas,” “Wonder Ship of the Atlantic,” and “Wonder Ship of the World.”
Morse Collection, 2877

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60. French Line

Normandie (1935-40).
Longitudinal plan, n.d.
31 × 129 cm.
Morse Collection, 1046 [Morse 2876 was used in the exhibition]

2002876.0001
61. Compagnie Maritime Belge

S.S. Jadotville (1956-61)
Paquebot de 19,250 T. de Deplacement.
Longitudinal plan, n.d. 30 × 118 cm.
Morse Collection, 2170.

2002170.0002
62. Red Star Line

S.S. Belgenland (1923-35).
Longitudinal plan, n.d. 23.5 × 98.5 cm.
Morse Collection, 1435

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