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Compagnie Rouennaise de Navigation (Shipping company, France)

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House flag of CRN - Image by Ivan Sache, 15 December 2003

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Presentation of CRN

Most of the sparse information available on Compagnie Rouennaise de Navigation (CRN) comes from a poster (1912) advertizing the company and the ship Félix Faure.
The Félix Faure, named after the President of the French Republic Félix Faure (1895-1899), seems to have been the flagship of the CRN. Built in Nantes in 1896, the ship was inaugurated in 1898.
The Félix Faure was the first propelled steam ship to sail on the Seine. Like the other paddle ships on the same lines, it did not call 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.
It seems that the CNR did not survive the First World War.

Ivan Sache, Jan Mertens & Ned Smith, 4 February 2006

House flag of Compagnie Rouennaise de Navigation

The house flag of CRN is shown on the 1912 poster as red with the white letters "C.R.N." placed horizontally.

Jan Mertens, 15 December 2003