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Compagnie Nationale de Navigation

Compagnie Nationale de Navigation was founded 1879 to provide services between Marseilles and French Indo-China. In 1886 they commenced Marseilles - Naples - New York sailings with occasional calls at other Mediterranean ports. Between 1887 and 1891 they also made several sailings to South America. The New York service continued irregularly until 1896 when they withdrew the service. The company ceased trading in 1904.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

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Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Cachar 1883 1904 sold to Messageries Maritimes not renamed, 1914 scrapped. 3,645
Cachemire 1883 1902 sold to Nicolas Paquet renamed Bithynie, 1906 scrapped. 3,360
Canton 1882 1898 sold to Caillol et St Pierre renamed Pierre Le Grand, 1899 lost. 3,721
Caobang 1902 1904 sold to Messageries Maritimes not renamed, 1906 ashore in fog at Poulo Condore, total loss. 6,600
Chandernagor 1882 1899 sold to Caillol et St Pierre, renamed Alexander III, 1902 lost. 3,075
Cheribon 1882 1900 sold to Chilean owners not renamed, 1902 wrecked. 3,075
Chodoc 1897 Launched as Celebes but completed as Chodoc, 1904 sold to Chargeurs Reunis not renamed, 1905 wrecked at Gardafui, Somalia. 4,685
Cholon (1) 1882 1885 ran aground and lost near Rangoon. 3,053
Cholon (2) 1897 Ordered as Chantaboum, launched as Ceylon but completed as Cholon, 1904 sold to Chargeurs Reunis not renamed, 1911 renamed Tchad, 1929 scrapped.. 4,317
Cochin 1881 ex- Shevington, 1882 purchased from England and renamed Cochin, 1883 sunk in collision with Clan Drummond near Calcutta. 3,172
Colombo 1882 1904 sold to Messageries Maritimes not renamed, 1910 disabled by typhoon and towed to Tourane, condemned and scrapped. 3,545
Comorin 1882 1895 destroyed by fire at Marseilles. 3,546
Hindoustan 1881 ex- Hindoustan, 1886 purchased from Cie Maurice et Reunion, 1898 sold to British owners not renamed, 1901 sold to Japan renamed Musashino Maru, 1905 wrecked. 2,953
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