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CGT French Line History and Ephemera

The French Line (Compagnie Générale Transatlantique) had regular sailings between New York, Plymouth (England), and Le Havre. Their steamships included the SS Paris, SS France, SS Normandie, SS Lafayette, SS Rochambeau, SS Chicago, and others.

The Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - French Line offers regular passenger services between Europe and the United States. They were most noted for their Luxury Ocean Liner, the SS Normandie.

1887-02-05 SS La Bretagne

1887-02-05 SS La Bretagne Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 5 February 1887
  • Route: New York to Le Havre
  • Commander: Captain De Jousselin
1887-02-05 SS La Champagne

1887-02-05 SS La Champagne Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 5 February 1887
  • Route: Havre for New York
  • Commander: Captain Traub
1891-04-25 SS La Gascogne

1891-04-25 SS La Gascogne Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 25 April 1891
  • Route: Le Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Santelli
Cabin Passenger Manifest, CGT French Line Steamer La Touraine 1891 Voyage

1891-08-29 SS La Touraine Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 29 August 1891
  • Route: Le Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Frangeul
Passenger Manifest, CGT-French Line SS La Gascogne, Nov 1892

1892-11-19 SS La Gascogne Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 19 November 1892
  • Route: Le Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Santelli
Front Cover, Passenger Manifest, SS L'Aquitaine, CGT French Line, September 1905

1905-09-09 SS L'Aquitaine Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 9 September 1905
  • Route: Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Veblynde
1905-10-07 SS La Savoie

1905-10-07 SS La Savoie Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 7 October 1905
  • Route: Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Poirot
Front Cover, SS La Lorraine Farewell Dinner Menu - 26 April 1907

1907-04-26 SS La Lorraine Farewell Dinner Menu

Vintage Bill of Fare from 26 April 1907 featured Roast Fillet of Beef, Vol-au-vent Toulousaine, and Nougat Monté for dessert.

1910 Passage Contract for Italian Immigrant

1910-10-12 Contract for Passage SS Chicago - Italian Immigrant

Third Class Passage contract for a 38 year old Italian immigrant from Aoste, Italy for a voyage to the United States in October 1910 on the SS Chicago of the CGT French Line. The contract was written by a Swiss Agency (Zwilchenbart) and is entirely in French with an English translation following each part.

Couverture, Paquebot France de la Compagnie Générale Transatlantique

1912 - Le Nouveau Paquebot SS France

Il s'agit d'une brochure pour le lancement Steamship SS France de la CGT-French Line produite en 1912 qui offre une excellente critique du livre de l'hébergement de première classe, des services, des détails de la salle des machines et des chaudières, des dispositions et beaucoup plus.

Cover, Steamship France of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.

1912 - The New SS France Liner

This is a brochure for the Steamship SS France launch of the CGT-French Line produced in 1912 which offers an excellent review of the book of first class accommodation, services, details of the engine room and boilers, provisions and much more.

Front Cover - 1917-07-23 SS Chicago

1917-07-23 SS Chicago Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 23 July 1917
  • Route: New York to Bordeaux
  • Commander: Captain Bourdeaux
1919-04-15 SS Chicago

1919-04-15 SS Chicago Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 15 April 1919
  • Route: Bordeaux to New York
  • Commander: Captain Pauvret
Passenger Manifest, CGT-French Line SS Rochambeau - June 1919

1919-06-11 SS Rochambeau Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 11 June 1919
  • Route: Le Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Juham
1921-05-07 SS La Savoie

1921-05-07 SS La Savoie Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 7 May 1921
  • Route: Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain H. Boisson
1921-10-03 SS France

1921-10-03 SS France Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 3 October 1921
  • Route: Le Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Louis Roch
Front Cover, Passenger Manifest, SS Lafayette, CGT French Line, September 1922

1922-09-16 SS Lafayette Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 16 September 1922
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Plymouth
  • Commander: Captain Victor Brevet
Passenger Manifest, CGT French Line SS France 1922 - Front Cover

1922-10-05 SS France Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 5 October 1922
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Plymouth
  • Commander: Captain Louis Roch
1922-11-07 SS Rochambeau

1922-11-07 SS Rochambeau Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 7 November 1922
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Plymouth
  • Commander: Captain Léon Rollin
1923-10-06 SS La Savoie

1923-10-06 SS La Savoie Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 6 October 1923
  • Route: Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Aubert
1924-09-27 SS France

1924-09-27 SS France Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 27 September 1924
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Plymouth
  • Commander: Captain Louis Roch
Passenger Manifest, CGT-French Line SS Paris - 1924 - Front Cover

1924-10-11 SS Paris Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 11 October 1924
  • Route: Le Havre to New York Via Plymouth
  • Commander: Captain G. Maurras
1926-03-31 SS Paris

1926-03-31 SS Paris Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 31 March 1926
  • Route: Le Havre to New York Via Plymouth
  • Commander: Captain G. Maurras
Passenger Manifest, CGT French Line, SS De Grasse, 1927 Westbound Voyage

1927-09-26 SS De Grasse Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Not Stated
  • Date of Departure: 26 September 1927
  • Route: Le Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Aubert
Passenger Manifest, CGT French Line, SS De Grasse, 1928 Westbound Voyage

1928-02-08 SS De Grasse Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 8 February 1928
  • Route: Le Havre to New York
  • Commander: Captain Jean C. E. Simon
1929-06-06 SS De Grasse

1929-06-06 SS De Grasse Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 6 June 1929
  • Route: New York to Le Havre
  • Commander: Captain E. Robert
1929-07-04 SS De Grasse

1929-07-04 SS De Grasse Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 4 July 1929
  • Route: New York to Le Havre
  • Commander: Captain E. Robert
Front Cover, CGT French Line SS Ile de Frence Charity Gala Concert, 22 February 1931.

1931-02-22 Charity Gala Program - CGT French Line

Program of the Charity Fete to be held on board the SS Ile de France for the benefit of the Several Benevolent Institutions of which the CGT French Line is a patron.

1931-05-29 SS France

1931-05-29 SS France Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: First and Second Class
  • Date of Departure: 29 May 1931
  • Route: New York to Le Havre via Plymouth
  • Commander: Captain G. Burgosse
Front Cover, SS Lafayette Passenger List - 10 September 1931

1931-09-10 SS Lafayette Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 10 September 1931
  • Route: New York to Le Havre via Plymouth
  • Commander: Captain Luc de Malglaive
Front Cover, SS Ile de France Luncheon Menu - 22 August 1935

1935-08-22 SS Ile de France Luncheon Menu

Vintage Bill of Fare from 22 August 1935 featured Stewed Chicken Chasseur, Broiled Mutton Chop, and Chocolate, Lemon Ice Cream for dessert. Featured wine was Vin Rouge et Vin Blanc des Caves de la Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.

Front Cover, SS Normandie Luncheon Menu - 8 June 1936

1936-06-08 SS Normandie Luncheon Menu

Vintage Bill of Fare from 8 June 1936 featured Lamb from Pauillac with fresh vegitables, Brill with Normande sauce, and Strawberry souffle for dessert.

1936-06-17 SS Lafayette

1936-06-17 SS Lafayette Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 17 June 1936
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton
  • Commander: Captain William Vogel
Couverture du livret "Normandie" de 1937 de la Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - French Line.

1937 - CGT French Line Paquebot Normandie

Le livret de 72 pages détaille l'incroyable luxe à bord du paquebot Normandie - la fierté et la joie de vivre de la Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - French Line. Imprimé en France en 1937, il est devenu un article très recherché par les collectionneurs.

Front Cover of 1937 Booklet "Normandie" from Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - French Line.

1937 - CGT French Line - The Ocean Liner Normandie

The 72-page booklet details the incredible luxury aboard the Normandie liner - the pride and joy of life of Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - French Line. Printed in France in 1937, it has become an item much sought after by collectors. (Translated from the French)

Passenger Manifest, SS Ile de France, CGT French Line, April 1937, Le Havre to New York

1937-04-15 SS Ile De France Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Good Will Tour
  • Date of Departure: 15 April 1937
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton
  • Commander: Captain Jules Chabot
1938-10-05 SS Normandie

1937-11-03 SS Normandie Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 3 November 1937
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton
  • Commander: Captain Paul AUGARDE
Front Cover, Third Class on the French Line Featuring the Ile de France, Champlain, Lafayette, Paris, and Normanide.

1938 - Third Class on the French Line

The Normandie, Ile de France, Paris, Champlain and Lafayette combine economy and efficiency in fulfilling the most discriminating requirements. Their Third Class accommodations cannot help but bring you all satisfaction.

1938-08-24 SS Normandie

1938-08-24 SS Normandie Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 24 August 1938
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton
  • Commander: Captain Paul AUGARDE
Passenger Manifest, CGT French Line, SS Champlain, 1938 Westbound Voyage

1938-09-17 SS Champlain Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Cabin
  • Date of Departure: 17 September 1938
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton
  • Commander: Captain William Vogel
1938-10-05 SS Normandie

1938-10-05 SS Normandie Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 5 October 1938
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton
  • Commander: Captain Pierre THOREUX
Front Page of the L'Atlantique - Daily Newspaper of the French Line for Friday, 14 July 1939

1939-07-14 L'Atlantique - Daily Newspaper of the French Line

The 14 July 1939 Issue of L'Atlantique offers 16 pages of general interest news for the passengers of the SS Normandie, commanded by Captain E. Payen de la Garanderie. Featured articles include Britain Orders Navy to Near War Strength, 75 Années de Relations Transatlantiques, Monsieur Jean Marie, Président de la Compagnie Génerale Transatlantique, Joan of Arc Castle Being Excavated, Le Faubourg St Honoré Shopping and Tour Guide, Deauville - La Plage Fleurie.

1939-07-15 SS Ile De France

1939-07-15 SS Ile De France Passenger List

  • Class of Passengers: Tourist
  • Date of Departure: 15 July 1939
  • Route: Le Havre to New York via Southampton
  • Commander: Captain Albert Fontaine
Front Page of the L'Atlantique - Daily Newspaper of the French Line for Sunday, 16 July 1939.

1939-07-16 L'Atlantique - Daily Newspaper of the French Line

The 16 July 1939 Issue of L'Atlantique offers 16 pages of general interest news for the passengers of the SS Normandie, commanded by Captain E. Payen de la Garanderie. Featured articles include WPA Strike Crisis Continues, Principal Events for August in France, Ships News, and French Poets of the Mediterranean. In English and French.

Third Class Passage Contract Ticket - SS Normandie - 1939-09-06

1939-09-06 Third Class Passage Contract Ticket - SS Normandie

Passage Ticket for the Compagnie Général Transatlantique, Ltd., - The French Line, Southampton to New York, departing 6 September 1939, issued to Mrs. Agnes de Linia (or de Lina). World War 2 began on 1 September 1939.

Menu Cover, Christmas Eve Reveillon Dinner Menu, SS De Grasse, CGT French Line (1950)

1950-12-24 SS De Grasse Christmas Eve Reveillon Menu

A Caribbean Cruise Bill of Fare from 24 December 1950 with an all French Menu Selection that included such dishes as La Cote de Bœuf au Currant Jelly and Le Jambon Fume de Parme.

Brochure Cover, Ilde de France Cabin Class Deck Plan. Published by the CGT French Line February 1951.

1951 - French Line SS Ile de France Cabin Class Deck Plan

Illustrated brochure from 1951 provides colorful deck plans for areas occupied by cabin-class passengers and numerous interior and exterior photographs of the SS Ile de France of the CGT French Line.

Le Havre - New York: French Line (1997)

1997 - Le Havre - New York: French Lines

This volume about the French Line and its route from Le Havre to New York is a witness to crossing the Atlantic, from before WWI to the present day. A fascinating visual record of travel.

 

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