France relics preserved


Dave Gittins

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Good news for fans of SS France!

Thanks to the efforts of a French ship lover, more than 500 artefacts from the ship have been rescued from Alang and taken to France.

The piece de resistance is the tip of the bow, which was cut off when scrapping commenced. It reached Paris last Friday and is displayed on a roundabout on the Champs Elysée. (From watching the Tour de France, I think it's at the lower end.) The full story is here, in French.

http://tinyurl.com/armr8q

My operatic and cycling French is not fully up to translating, but here are some facts.

The tip of the bow weighs more than four tons.

Items saved include a table from the library, panels from a huge engraving from the dining saloon, part of a staircase and even part of a funnel.

The material will be sold by auction in the near future.

The article mentions the sense of national shame when the ship was sold in the 1970s. Somebody wrote a song that begins--

Don't call me France, France let me down.
 
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I wish I had been able to pick up French in junior high, but I don't have much of a talant for that. Still, it's nice to see that some of the substance of the ship was saved from the rathole of the collector's market.
 
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I am so pleased that the French have finally shown some class where this artistic masterpiece is concerned. The prow of the ship is an appropriate relic, and elegant in design. Does anyone know which part of a funnel was saved? Hopefully money will now come forth to keep these artifacts in good repair.

Bon chance!
 
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From Maritime Matters:

SS FRANCE Letters Illuminated
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Philippe Pierre Brebant reports from Le Havre that one of the two original sets of neon letters displayed between the iconic funnels spelling out F R A N C E on board the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique’s SS FRANCE, was preserved and re-lit.
More with YouTube Vidio at http://maritimematters.com/2011/01/ss-france-lettering-illuminated/
 
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From The Independent:

The Pride of a Nation: Luxury liner that's set to sail once more
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The splendour of SS France is celebrated in a new exhibition as plans to build a successor forge ahead. John Lichfield reports

France was sold off to a Saudi businessman for £8m in 1977.


France was eventually dismantled in India and sold for scrap and souvenirs in 2007 and 2008. Francophobes need not rejoice. We are speaking not of "la" France but of "le" France. We are speaking of the SS France, which was once the pride and joy of all France.
More at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-pride-of-a-nation-luxury-liner-thats-set-to-sail-once-more-2226097.html
 
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