The SS Norway was originally known as the SS France, and built in 1962 by the Chantiers d’Antlantique, to serve as a luxury transatlantic ocean liner. Although she had a reputation for providing luxury voyages, her service came to an end in 1974, which marked the end of the era of ocean travel and the beginning of the use of commercial aircrafts. Fortunately, she was purchased by the Norwegian Cruise Line and successfully transformed into one of the biggest Caribbean cruise ships of her time.
Externally, the SS Norway was unique, as she was constructed with a sharper hull than most Ocean Liners. During her modification, an extra deck was added along with additional cabins. Internally, the SS Norway kept most of her features. One of her distinguishing features was her Discothèque, which overlooked the swimming pool and became a popular attraction on the cruise. Many other cruise ships could not match up to the range of amenities and facilities on board the SS Norway.
Unfortunately the SS Norway experienced a boiler explosion while in Miami, which was deemed too expensive to repair and was then retired from her service. Despite this, she is remembered by ship enthusiasts as one of the few ‘classic’ ocean liners of her time.
At Premier Ship Models, we are committed to building quality partnerships. That is why we have chosen to partner with this supplier. With more than twenty years of experience, this supplier is specialised in the manufacture of luxury hand-crafted model boat and ships. What originally began as an artisanal family workshop, now produces an extensive range of highly sought-after collectibles; Including classic speedboat models, historic tall-ship models, cruise ship models, moderns yacht models and battleship models. These ship models are carefully hand crafted and made from the highest quality hardwoods, sourced from local exotic wood resources.
This model wooden ship is scratch-built with a remarkable level of craftsmanship, using the traditional technique of plank-on-frame construction. To ensure that there is a high level of quality and detail, each stage of the construction process is carefully monitored and takes several weeks to complete. The hulls and bridges are constructed exclusively out of hand-picked hardwoods. The model ship has been sanded and vanished in several layers, in order to create a smooth finish. Details are replicated using hand-stitched leather & fabric upholstery, and polished brass & metal finishes. The team of master craftsmen make use of the skills and expertise developed over many years, to ensure that this model is identical to the original.
This model is not a kit and is ready for display. The model is mounted on a solid wooden base and includes a brass plate.