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Compagnie Rouennaise de Navigation (Shipping company, France)

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[CRN house flag]by Ivan Sache


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Presentation of Compagnie Rouennaise de Navigation

Most of the sparse information available on Compagnie Rouennaise de Navigation comes from a poster (1912) advertizing the company and showing the ship Félix Faure.

The Félix Faure seems to have been the flagship of the CRN. The ship was built in Nantes in 1896 and inaugurated in 1898. It was named after the president of the French Republic Félix Faure (1895-1899).
The Félix Faure was the first propelled steam ship to sail on the Seine. Like the other paddle ships on the same lines, it made no stop on ports and the passengers were transported from the ship to the port in small boats.
The Félix Faure initially linked the ports of Rouen and Le Havre.
According to the 1912 poster, the service was extended to Paris and leisure cruises were organized. The poster advertizes trips to Rouen and Le Havre, tickets being sold from the 1 June to the 30 September. The lower left corner of the poster shows a view of the ports of Le Havre and Rouen, which were totally destroyed during the Second World War.

I suppose that the CNR did not survice the First World War.

Ivan Sache & Jan Mertens, 23 December 2003


Description of the flag of Compagnie Rouennaise de Navigation

The flag of Compagnie Rouennaise de Navigation is red with the white letters C.R.N. placed horizontally (same source as above)

Jan Mertens, 15 December 2003

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