Friday, January 16, 2009


One of the great European shipping companies gone busted with the total liberalization of maritime affairs over the last 40 years was the MESSAGERIES MARITIMES. Not as well known as the French Line, the MESSAGERIES had a large fleet of black or white funneled passenger and cargo liners including ships with very advanced design.
This poster dates from the 1930s and depicts one of the famous "square funnel" liners built in the late 1920s and early 1930s for the Far East and Australia services. The more well know albeit less successful was the GEORGE PHILIPPAR (16.700 gross tons, built 1932), lost on the maiden voyage just like White Star Line's TITANIC or Royal Mail Lines MAGDALENA.
The GEORGE PHILIPPAR departed Marseilles on her maiden voyage to the Far East on 26 February 1932 and was lost by fire on the return trip on 17 May off Cape Guardafui. There was the loss of 40 people including the journalist Albert London that were traped in the first class quarters as the escape door was locked to separate the different classes onboard. The ship burned until sunking on 20 May 1932.
Texto e imagens /Text and images copyright L.M.Correia. For other posts and images, check our archive at the right column of the main page. Click on the photos to see them enlarged. Thanks for your visit and comments. Luís Miguel Correia
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