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Compagnie Marseillaise de Navigation Coloniale (Shipping company, France)

Last modified: 2013-07-27 by ivan sache
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[Flag of CMNC]

House flag of CMNC - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 February 2004

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History of CMNC

Compagnie Marseillaise de Navigation Coloniale (CMNC) was created in 1940 by the French State (Vichy government) to manage the fleet seized from the Jewish shipowner Louis-Dreyfus.

The company operated six cargo ships, all renamed after stars. After the Liberation, the company was suppressed. Three of the six confiscated ships, MS Aldébaran (ex Léopold-L.D.), Fomalhaut (ex Louis-L.D.) and Céphée (ex François-L.D.) were given back to Louis-Dreyfus and took back their original name. Louis-Dreyfus also recovered MS Bételgeuse (ex Jean-L.D.), which had been seized by the Allied navy off Capetown in 1941 and allocated to the Forces Navales Françaises Libres (FNFL). MS Procyon, also seized and allocated to the FNFL, was sunk by a German submarine in December 1941 off Cape Farewell (Greenland). MS Persée was seized by Japan in Saigon in 1942, renamed Teihoku-Maru and sunk by an American submarine in August 1945 in the Sea of China.

Source: Paul Bois. Armements marseillais - Compagnies de navigation et navires à vapeur (1831-1988), published by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille-Provence [boi03].

Ivan Sache, 26 February 2004

House flag of CMNC

P. Bois [boi03] shows the house flag of CMNC as white with a yellow lozenge charged with the flag of Marseilles (light blue cross on a blue field) and the black letters "C", "M", "N" and "C" in the respective corners of the flag.

Ivan Sache, 26 February 2004