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French Line – Compagnie Générale Transatlantique

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Thomas B. Lockwood and Daniel L. Rumsey on the S.S. Paris

French Line – Compagnie Générale Transatlantique

In honor of Spring Break, we highlight these great travel items from the Thomas B. Lockwood Collection.  On the left is the passenger list of the S.S. Paris of the French Line – Compagnie Générale Transatlantique from 1932. The S.S. Paris offered First Class, Tourist Class and Third class accommodations.

Mr. Thomas Lockwood is listed on the First Class Passengers list and was traveling with his nephew Daniel Lockwood Rumsey. See the photo on the right.

The Compagnie Générale Transatlantique offered regular passenger services between Europe and the United States with stops in New York, Plymouth to Havre. Le Havre is a city in the Seine-Maritime department of the Haute-Normandie region in France. It is situated in north-western France, on the right bank of the mouth of the river Seine on the English Channel.

According to Wikipedia, life on board on the S.S. Paris was excellent. The food and service was superb, and the living spaces were luxurious. French Line ships had enormous appeal in the twenties-”Floating bits of France itself”, as one brochure aptly stated. Service and accommodation were fine but the cuisine was its most outstanding feature, it is said that more sea gulls followed the Paris than any other ship in hopes of grabbing food scraps that were dumped overboard.

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