At the beginning of the 1930's, the famous French company Messegeries Maritimes of Marseilles introduced a trio of big motor ships on its service to French Indochina and Japan. The most impressive of these was the 17,539 ton Georges Philippar. Well this ship was carrying a 'bucket load' of passengers on her maiden voyage....when she caught fire and sank with loss of life. Not long after this sinking the highly esteemed French liner L'Atlantique ....a three funneled liner of 40,950 ton caught fire...
All of the above was bad enough for the French motor ship industry....but then the Lafayette ....a 27,180 liner caught fire while in dry dock.....and this jinx of the French Liner ships just keeps right on going....one right after another.
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