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Vimont & Cie (Shipping company, France)

Last modified: 2014-01-11 by ivan sache
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House flag of Vimont, two versions - Images by Ivan Sache, 19 February 2004

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History of Vimont

In the beginning of the 20th century, Vimont bought two sailing ships, SS France-Marie and Jules-Henri, specially designed for the transport of oil from the USA to France. In August 1922, Vicary joined Vimont and they founded the Société d'Affrêtement et d'Armement, dedicated to cargo shipping. In 1929, the three cargo ships SS Jean-Jacques, Caid and MS Secundus, once the biggest motorships in Marseilles, were sold. Only old SS Jules-Henri was kept and the company was renamed Compagnie Française de Navires Citernes (with Navires in plural although there was only one ship!).
The company was sold off in 1934 when old Jules-Henri was deemed obsolete.

Source: Paul Bois. Armements marseillais - Compagnies de navigation et navires à vapeur (1831-1988), published by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille-Provence [boi03].

Ivan Sache, 19 February 2004

House flag of Vimont

P. Bois [boi03] shows the house flag of Vimont as horizontally divided in seven red and six white stripes, the red stripes being twice higher than the white ones, with a big white canton charged with the blue letters "AV & C."
Lloyd's book of house flags and funnels of the principal steamship lines of the world and the house flags of various lines of sailing vessels [llo12], published at Lloyd's Royal Exchange. London. E.C. (1912, online version), shows the house flag of Vimont with six white and five red stripes, no canton but a blue star in upper hoist, and "AV&Co" (blue) in lower fly.

Ivan Sache, 19 February 2004