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House flag of Devès, Chaumet & Cie - Image by Dominique Cureau, 1 September 2008
In 1810, Justin Devès was one of the first merchants and shipowners of Bordeaux
to establish trade relations with Senegal. In 1821, he was joined by his two brothers, Bruno and Edouard. The three of them married signares women, born of a Portuguese father and a Serere mother from the coast of Senegal.
After the death of Justin in 1866, the company was renamed Devès & Chaumet Gustave. In 1921, Devès & Chaumet was one of the most powerful French trade companies in Senegal. The company operated steam barges in Senegal and sea-going vessels, such as the Macina, built in 1897 in Glasgow. Sold in 1905 to Nicolas Paquet, the ship was renamed Oued Sebou and sank in 1917 by the U157. Passengers and crew reached the shore near Cape Bojador, where they had to face the hostility from the locals before being finally rescued.
There is still a Devès, & Chaumet International company registered in Bordeaux, under the heading "machines".
Dominique Cureau & Ivan Sache, 1 September 2008
The houseflag of of Devès, Chaumet & Cie is shown in the Yearbook of the Central Committee of French Shipowners, 1922, as red with the white letters "DCC".
Dominique Cureau, 1 September 2008