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Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (Shipping company, France)

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[Compagnie Generale Transatlantique house flag]

House flag of Compagnie Générale Transatlantique - Image by Al Fisher Jr, 23 May 2000

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Presentation of Compagnie Générale Transatlantique

Founded as Compagnie Générale Maritime in 1851 and renamed Compagnie Générale Transatlantique in 1861, the company operated, inter alia, the famous Normandie and France liners.
The company was merged in 1977 with Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes to constitute Compagnie Générale Maritime.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2000

Flag of Compagnie Générale Transatlantique

The house flag of Compagnie Générale Transatlantique is white with a red disk in upper hoist and the writing Cie Gle (on the same line as the disk) TRANSATLANTIQUE (on the line below) in red.

Ivan Sache, 27 June 2004

Launching of the Normandie liner

When the liner Normandie was launched at Saint-Nazaire in 1932 she went down the slip-way with what appeared to be a Breton style flag at her jack-staff; four equal horizontal stripes which, in a black and white photograph, appear to be dark/white/dark/white.
Is/was this sort of flag normally flown when a ship is/was launched in France?

David Prothero, 2 April 2007