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Club Nautique de Nice (Yacht Club, France): Members' private signals (1907)

Part 3: Life members

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List of the CNN Life members

According to Article 29 of the club's statutes, the non-resident members of the CNN could become Life members, provided they would pay a subscription of 300 francs. Members were considered as "non- resident" (étrangers, lit., "foreigners") when they lived in the Department of Alpes-Maritimes for less than six months (at the time, during the winter season). Were a non-resident member to settle permanently in the Alpes-Maritimes, he would not pay the yearly subscription up to a cumulative amount of 300 francs.
The overall subscription for regular members was 30 francs per year.

The CNN 1907 Yearbook lists the following Life members of the club, with year of admission:
- Jacques Baudrier (1907) - Notary, Member of the Council of the Yacht Club de France, Paris;
- Count Roberto Biscaretti di Ruffia (1906) - Senator of the Kingdom of Italy, Turin;
- Antonin Bordes (1898) - Villefranche-sur-Mer;
- Charles-Cecil Capel (1898) - Royal Southampton Corinthian Yacht Club, Southampton;
- Count Chandon de Briailles (1906) - President of the Union des Yachtsmen de Cannes, Paris;
- Dr. Paul Cohn (1907), Lecturer at the Imperial Museum, Vienna, Austria;
- Dimitri C. Hebenstreit (1894) - Poltava, Russia [today, Ukraine];
- Emil Jellinek-Mercedes (1901) - Nice;
- Myles B. Kennedy (1902) - London;
- Walter Lionel Munro (1896) - Lieutnant in the British Royal Navy, Rhinefield, England;
- Sir Henry Bernard Samuelson (1907), Beaulieu;
- William Henry Stephens (1896) - Royal Southampton Corinthian Yacht Club, Southampton;
- Andrew Barclay Walker (1896) - Derby, England, and Rockingham, Ireland.

The CNN 1907 Yearbook shows the private signal of the Life members detailed in the next sections.

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Count Roberto Biscaretti di Ruffia

Count Roberto Biscaretti di Ruffia, credited the patronage of the first International Photography Exhibition, held in October 1895 in Turin, was involved in the foundation of FIAT (1899) and served as the first President of the Turin Automobile Club (1898-1948). His son, Count Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia (1879-1959), also fond of automobile, was an industrial designer ("Lancia" logo, 1911), a journalist and an automobile collector. He offerred his collection to the municipality of Turin, which set up in 1960 the National Automobile Museum "Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia", fulfilling a wish already expressed in 1932 by Roberto Biscaretta di Ruffia.

Count Biscaretti's private signal is divided red-blue by the descending diagonal, with the yellow monogram of the count in the middle, made of the interlaced letters "R" and "B", crowned, all in yellow.

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Antonin Bordes

[Bordes' flag]

Bordes' private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Antonin Bordes managed, together with his brothers Adolphe and Alexandre, the shipping company founded by his father Antoine- Dominique. Bordes owned in 1905 the biggest sailing ship fleet in the world, including the famous France and Valentine.
Bordes wintered in Villefranche-sur-Mer in the luxurious villa Tijuca, named after a four-masted steel barque owned by the company and decorated by the painter Maurice Leloir. Alexandre Bordes purchased in the neighborhood the villa Nellcote; the very same villa, rented in 1971 by Keith Richards, was the place of the record of Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones.

Bordes is listed as the owner of the cutter Picaflor (2.5 tons). His private signal is white with a red cross and a blue canton charged with a white star.

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Count Raoul Chandon de Briailles

[Chandon's flag]

Count Chandon's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Count Raoul Chandon de Briailles (1850-1908) succeeded in 1895 his father as the director of the Moët-et-Chandon champagne family business of Épernay, transforming it in a few years, with the help of his brother Gaston, into the "Big House". A learned scholar and the author of several pamphlets on the history of the Champagne vineyards, Chandon was in touch with the scientists of the Montpellier College of Agronomy; he was the first in Champagne to understand that the only way to stop the phylloxera invasion was the grafting of the local, susceptible varieties on American, resistant rootstocks. Such a revolutionary suggestion being received locally with great reluctance, Chandon founded in 1900 the École pratique de viticulture Moët-et-Chandon, where the wine-growers were taught, for free, the most advanced wine-growing techniques, including grafting. Well ahead of his time, Chandon provided his workers with several social advantages (free health service, pensions, family aid...) and offerred all his archives (more than 30,000 documents) on Champagne to the town of Épernay.

Count Chandon de Briailles' private signal is white with a red horizontal stripe in the middle and three black clover leaves, placed in the upper canton, upper fly and middle of the base of the flag. This signal is, unsurprisingly, a banner of the arms of the Counts Chandon de Briailles, D'argent à la fasce de gueules accompagnée de trois trèfles de sable, 2 en chef, 1 en pointe ("Argent a fess gules three clover leaves sable two in chief one in base").

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Dr. Paul Cohn

[Cohn's flag]

Cohn's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Paul Cohn (1877-1914) was Professor in the Technical Industrial Museum at Vienna. He wrote for the Austrian Ministry of Commerce reports on the chemical industry and the methods of instruction in the United States.
Cohn is listed as the owner of the sloops Spree (6 tons) and Bubble (3 tons) and of the oil-powered (Lozier motor) yacht Meteor (10 m). His private signal is horizontally divided red-black.

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Dimitri C. Hebenstreit

[Hebenstreit's flag]

Hebenstreit's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Hebenstreit's' private signal is a white triangular flag with two black stripes parallel to the upper and lower edges of the flag, respectively.

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Emil Jellinek-Mercedes

[Jellinek-Mercedes' flag]

Jellinek-Mercedes' private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Emil Jellinek-Mercedes (1853-1918; listed as Émile Jellineck-Mercédès in the CNN Yearbook), a rich Austro-Hungarian businessman, used to winter in Nice, where he was appointed Consul of Austro-Hungary. Fond of cars, he opened in 1898 a Daimler concession in Nice, selling ten cars in 1899 and twenty-nine in 1900.
In 1899, Jellinek won automobile races under the pseudonym of "Mercedes", the nickname of his daughter, Adrienne Manuela Ramona, then aged 10. In 1900, he ordered from Daimler a racing car that he named Mercedes 35 HP; winner of all races ran on the Riviera, the Mercedes became a highly-prized car and the main production of the Daimler factory.
In 1902, Jellinek registered the brand Mercedes and changed his name for Jellinek-Mercedes. He quickly retired from business, selling in 1905 his rights on the Mercedes brand to Paul Daimler and leaving the board of the company in 1909.

In 1905, Jellinek-Mercedes' fin-keel yacht Mercedes defended the CNN's colours in the CNN Cup race, to no avail. The next year, his Mercedes II could not win the cup either. Emil Jellinek-Mercedes' private signal is horizontally divided red-white-red (1:2:1) with a black "M" in the middle.

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Myles B. Kennedy

[Kennedy's flag]

Kennedy's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Myles Burton Kennedy (1862-?) was the eldest son of the industrial Myles Kennedy, the owner of several iron mines in the area of Ulverston, Cumbria.

Myles Kennedy is listed as the owner of the yawl White Heather (151 tons) and of the the cutter Maid Marion (ex Yarana, 72 tons). Kennedy was a familiar of the Cup ran in August in Cowes, Isle of Wight, by yachts owned by the celebrities of the time (for instance, Kaiser Wilhelm's Meteor). On 6 August 1902, his Sybarita defeated Meteor III in the Queen's Cup (match racing). The first White Heather, a composite yawl designed by the Scottish ship designer William Fife and built by J.G. Fay in Southampton in 1904, finished second (on time allowance) in the King Edward's Cup on 6 August 1906. At the end of the season, Kennedy sold the boat to H.B.L. Sedgwick and ordered the White Heather (II) from William Fife; finished in 1907, the White Heather II joined the First European Festival of International Yacht Racing, held in Kiel (Germany) in 1911.
Kennedy's private signal is quartered black-white, the colours being probably taken from the family coat of arms, "Sable three helmets argent".

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Andrew Barclay Walker

[Walker's flag]

Barclay Walker's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010

Andrew Barclay Walker (b. 1865), a noted polar explorer, was one of the six sons of Sir Andrew Barclay Walker (1824-1893), a wealthy brewer, twice Mayor of Liverpool and builder of the Walker Art Gallery; the CNN Yearbook give his address ar Osm[a]ston Manor, Derby, which is the cradle of the Walker family. He published in 1900 the book The cruise of the "Esquimaux", steam whaler, to Davis Straits and Baffin Bay, April-October 1899.
Barclay Walker's private signal is divided blue-red by a white descending diagonal stripe.

Ivan Sache, 19 May 2010