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Cruising the High Seas avec Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes' Ocean Liner La Marseillaise

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I sometimes come across books that are more ephemera than book. A recent acquisition fits this bill perfectly, looking for all intents and purposes like a book but, once inside, the text diarises a liner's itinerary for a 1950 cruise.

Where to start? Well, the port of Saigon, departure date November 26, 1950. From here, La Marseillaise sailed to Singapore to Colombo to Djibouti to Suez to Marseille and then dropped anchor for the final time at Monte-Cristo about 17 days later.

An interesting history of the ocean liner is here.

The book was presented to first class passengers as they boarded, containing menu and entertainment information. The ship's entertainment included movies like Le Bal des Pompiers starring Claude Dauphin. Oddly, a menu from Cairo's Shepheard's Hotel is part of the book. Odd because there is no information in the book about a Cairo docking.

The book, quite a grand-looking affair, was bound in Vietnam by Nguyen van Duong.

I enjoyed researching the hows and whys of this book and opening the pages immediately transported me back to another time and place. A one-of-a-kind and true collectable.

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