Well, from what I understand ( I keep reading here and there to add to my knowledge) the burning was an accident (although some say that sabotage was involved!)
The ship was being transformed into a badly needed troop carrier, and the RMS Queen Mary endured the same transformation, carrying soldiers from Australia and New Zealand to Europe to fight. Luckily she did not burn.
On the Normandie, a welder was welding near a huge pile of life jackets, containing a flammable stuffing, and a spark ignited it all. You can see how much dark smoke was pouring out of her in videos on YouTube. Unfortunately too much water was sprayed into one side of her, making her tip. I read that the designer begged for them to take his advice so that she would sink straight down, partially submerged, and then after the fire was out, there were methods by which she would be raised again...so sad. But it shows that it is difficult to exactly place the blame.
I have completed my paper model of the Normandie, except for a couple of small details. This is the model I bought on Ebay, that is a replica of the one given way by Kellogg's Cereal back in the Thirties. It was frustrating, but was printed correctly so eventually all the tabs were in the slots, etc. I tell you - you had to keep your patience, working with hundreds of creases, tabs, slits, etc. You can't force anything that is made of paper! LOL
The paper model is over 2 feet long! I am going to use it to give talks about my book. Already have a booking at the Library, the senior center, the Kiwanis Club..so that's a good start.
I think I should take a photo and try to post it here.