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Photographer:Rik [View profile]Title:MARECHAL JOFFREAdded:Sep 04, 2011
Photo Category: Passenger Vessels
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Launched on 14 May 1931 in La Ciotat. "Sister ship" of the JEAN LABORDE. Assigned to the line of the Indian Ocean and far East until 1937, Marseille first starting March 3, 1933. Repaints blank and amended in La Ciotat in 1937, remains on the line from the far East. March 30, 1939, he is approached in Hong Kong by the CANTON of the P & O liner, but can be repaired on the spot.
Saigon in June 1940, he remains on the spot to ensure regional routes. Continuous commercial service until December 7, 1941, where, after Pearl Harbor, he is requisitioned in Manila by the free and updated France available to the US Navy. He left Manila on 23 January 1942, for the Australia where it undergoes without damage a Japanese bombing Darwin. April 27, 1942, he is armed and converted into a ship of evacuation under the name of US Navy ROCHAMBEAU (AP63 hull No.), reconditioned by the shipyards of San Francisco between April and September 1942.
Between October 1942 and February 1945, he performs 5 great voyages across the Pacific, carrying troops and equipment to him go, blesssés back, reaching several times Nouméa. JF Kennedy among other transports en route to Tulagi, where he arrived on 14 April 1943.
It takes its name and they passed under the French flag in April 1945. It is the transport of troops to Indochina until March 1950. First cruise ship to reach Haiphong in July 1946, he is also the last to leave Shanghai at the hands of the Communists on October 9, 1949.
It is fully consolidated at La Ciotat between March 1950 and September 1951. After its redesign it resumed commercial service on the line of the Indian Ocean and then in Mediterranean to replace the wrecked CHAMPOLLION in 1953. It then continues to be assigned either to the far East, sometimes the Indian Ocean. February 3, 1957 motor fails and must be towed to Dakar by the Mekong River. It ends after 1957 the line in North Africa, where it carries many of the combatants of ffn. Sold for demolition on January 19, 1960 in Osaka.(1), (16) and (30)
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Mejean on Sep 04, 2011 16:55 (6 years ago)
This is the Maréchal Joffre of Messageries Maritimes seen between september 1939 and june 1940 in Marseille's harbour.
The ship has a 138 mm gun aft.
Rik on Sep 04, 2011 15:05 (6 years ago)
Funnels the same as ERIDAN but the stern arrangement is different.
Guest on Sep 04, 2011 14:26 (6 years ago)
Looks like the French Liner ERIDAN of Messageries Maritimes when she was serving as a British troopship during WW2
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