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Le Havre Passenger Lists 1887-1954

Le Havre is a city in the Seine-Maritime department of the Haute-Normandie region in France. It is situated in north-western France, on the right bank of the mouth of the river Seine on the English Channel. As a port city on an exposed marshy coast, Le Havre has long suffered from poor land links. New road connections have been built since; among the most notable is the Pont de Normandie, which connects the two banks of the Seine and reduces traveling time between Honfleur and Le Havre to less than 15 minutesLe Havre is naturally separated into two areas by a cliff.

Digitized Passenger Lists for the Port of Le Havre

Passenger Lists available from the GG Archives from the Port of Le Havre, France. Organized by Date of Departure, Steamship Line, Steamship or Ocean Liner, Class of Passengers, Route, and the Ship's Captain.

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Le Havre. This port is now one of France's great military ports and was not visited by the Commission. As will be seen from the map in this chapter, not only are great extensions being carried out at present in the harbor, but excellent additional docking facilities have been planned. Of course, the map does not indicate that part of the harbor works, which serve as a base for the British expeditionary force.

The passenger service of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique was transferred from Le Havre to Bordeaux. As is well known, this line carries merchandise and passengers and mail between the United States and France. Its regular freight steamer service continues between Le Havre and New York, and in fact, has been increased since the beginning of the war.

It is anticipated that after the war, the company will establish a new freight service between Bordeaux and Baltimore and return the New York passenger service to Le Havre.

Since the outbreak of the war, many steamers have been withdrawn by various governments for military purposes. Steamers have been sunk by submarines, and the shipbuilding yards of France have been devoted chiefly to naval construction. The consequent lack of ships and rapid advances in ocean freight rates have hampered commerce, for the chief concern has been to obtain the products required for military operations.

Opposite Le Havre and for several miles inland, the Seine widens into a broad bay, exposed to the sweep of storms from the Channel. A radical improvement has been made to provide for safety for barge and light steamer traffic by constructing the Tancarville canal from Le Havre to a point on the Seine's narrow portion about 15 miles away.

About 77 miles by water from Le Havre, Rouen is at the head of navigation for ocean-going ships. It is the point of transshipment to barges of a large amount of coal and other freight destined for Paris. Paris, the essential interior port, is about 145 miles by water from Rouen and 222 miles from Le Havre.

Napoleon said, "Paris, Rouen and Le Havre are but one city. The Seine is its great street."

Excerpt from Report To the American Manufacturers Export Association by the American Industrial Commission To France, September - October 1916

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