The design of the ‘Lord of the Glens’ drew on two sources for its original design – externally with its ‘Mauritius’ blue painted hull with gold band and the brilliant white superstructure from the Royal Yacht Britannia and internally the sumptuous hardwood finishings are very reminiscent of the golden era of the deluxe Pullman train carriage.
The scene is made complete with personal artifacts from the owner as well as those sourced and re-cycled from the great ocean liners of yesteryear including the RMS Windsor Castle, RMS Kenya Castle, SS France, Nord Norge and the 1929 PLM Pullman Express.
1929 'Riviera' Côte d'Azur armchairs.
Only 612 of these famous dining armchairs were ever made and only a small number still survive. Some 10 of these armchairs were sourced from derelict Wagon Lits railway carriages in Normandy, France and refurbished and reupholstered in Southampton and can now be found onboard 'Lord of the Glens’. The Côte d'Azur Pullman Express was a French deluxe train which ran from the 9th December 1929 until May 1939. The service was operated by the 'Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits' and the 'Compagnie des Chemins de Fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée' (known as the PLM).
The SS France was a Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT, or French Line) ocean liner, constructed by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard at Saint-Nazaire, France, and put into service in February 1962. At the time of her construction in 1960 she was the longest passenger ship ever built. Her length of 316 metres remained unchallenged until the construction of the 345 metre RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2004. The SS France was later purchased by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) in 1979, renamed SS Norway and used primarily for cruising. She was sold to be scrapped in 2006, and scrapping was completed in late 2008.
Items from the SS France include the wall lights in most of the cabins.
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