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During the first few years of the twentieth century, the North Atlantic was dominated by the British (Cunard/White Star) and their arch-rivals, the Germans (HAPAG/North German Lloyd). When, around 1910, the French decided to throw their hat into the ring, they did so with style. The Gallic flair of the vessels of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - interchangeably known as ‘CGT’ or simply ‘the French Line’ - placed them among the most innovative and fashionable on the route between Le Havre and New York.
The four-funnelled France made her maiden voyage the week after the sinking of the Titanic. If her first class passengers were at all jittery, they were hopefully allayed by the riotous opulence of their surroundings. Dubbed ‘the Chateau of the Atlantic’, the France was a floating paean to the Versailles of Louis XIV and Louis XV, with an additional nod toward the colonies in North Africa. Writes John Maxtone-Graham: ‘Into her seven hundred feet of hull were packed more gilded panelling and ormolu encrustations than had ever floated before. The expense was astronomical. It was commonly acknowledged by all who saw her that, pound for pound, the richness of her appointments exceeded those of the previous year’s Olympic by a good margin.
I doubt any craft since Cleopatra’s fabled barge knew such extravagance. All was curves and flourishes, including an oval embarkation hall and sweeping staircases modelled on the grand entrance to the Bibliothèque Nationale. From a white marble fountain trickled a stream of perpetual ice water in subtle response to an epic American demand. Every evening, balloon-trousered stewards dispensed Turkish coffee.’
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