Messageries Maritimes
(Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes)

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Sailings January-December 1914 (issued February 1914)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Paul Lecat
Atlantique
Ville de La Ciotat
Chili
Cordillère
Amazone
Néra
Ernest Simons
Magellan
(?)
Marseilles, Port Said, Djibouti, Colombo, Singapore, Saigon, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kobe, Yokohama.
Called also at Suez on return voyages.
Dupleix Colombo, Pondichery, Calcutta.
Sontay
Gange
Euphrate
El Kantara
Louqsor
Himalaya
Dunkirk, Le Havre, Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Colombo, Saigon, Tourane, Haiphong.
Called also at Djibouti on return voyages.
Orénoque
Guadiana
Manche
Haïphong
Saigon, Quinhon, Banghoi, Tourane, Haiphong.
(No sailings listed for this route.)
Australien
Polynésien
Dumbéa
Océanien
Yarra
Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Aden, Colombo, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Noumea.
Pacifique Sydney, Noumea, Port Vila, Epi, Port Sandwich (every other voyage), Luganville, Ambrym (every other voyage), Mélé.
Returned via Port Vila and Noumea to Sydney.
Calédonien
Sydney
Melbourne
Natal
Oxus
Djemnah
Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Djibouti, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Mayotte, Majunga, Nossi-Bé, Diego Suarez, Tamatave, Réunion, Mauritius.
Return voyages: Mauritius, Réunion, Tamatave, Sainte Marie, Diego Suarez, Mahé, Aden, Djibouti, Suez, Port Said, Marseilles.
Reversed itinerary on every other voyage:
Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Djibouti, Aden, Mahé, Diego Suarez, Sainte Marie, Tamatave, Réunion, Mauritius.
Return: Mauritius, Réunion, Tamatave, Diego Suarez, Nossi-Bé, Majunga, Mayotte, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Djibouti, Suez, Port Said, Marseilles.
Bagdad
Sidon
Persepolis
1) Diego Suarez to the Comoro Islands and Zanzibar.
2) Diego Suarez to various ports on the east and west coasts of Madagascar, Lourenço Marques and Durban.
(No sailings listed for these routes.)
Lotus
Karnak
Armand Behic
Portugal
Saghalien
Équateur
Niger
Cachar
Sinaï
Caucase
Isphahan
Bosphore
Crimée
Danube
Mossoul
Memphis
Breton
Basque
Normand
Medoc.

(Several of these ships seem to have been used on different routes, i.e. on both the Mediterranean and Black Sea lines. Most likely, due to their size and power, the Lotus, Karnak and Armand Behic worked the Alexandria routes.)

1) Marseilles, Alexandria, Beirut.
2) Marseilles, Alexandria, Port Said, Jaffa, Beirut.
3) Marseilles, Naples, Piraeus, Smyrna, Dardanelles, Constantinople, Vathy or Rhodes, Beirut, Larnaca, Mersina, Alexandretta, Lattaquie, Tripoli, Beirut, Jaffa, Caiffa, Beirut.
4) Marseilles, Piraeus, Smyrna, Constantinople, Samsoun, Trebizonde, Batoum.
5) Marseilles, Patras, Salonica, Constantinople, Odessa.
(No sailings listed for these routes.)
Kouang-Si
Yunnan
Annam
Meinam
Pei Ho
Cargo only:
Antwerp, Marseilles (not all voyages), Port Said, Suez, Djibouti, Colombo, Yokohama, Kobe, Moji, Shanghai.
Called at Aden instead of Djibouti on return voyages (directly to Colombo and onwards).
The ships mentioned above are all listed in the sailing list but only in a list of different lines grouped geographically, e.g. "India, China and Japan lines". To ascertain the exact route of each ship, the details given by Philippe Ramona on his website on the Messageries Maritimes have been invaluable. When information has been contradicting, the information given in the sailing list has taken precedence.
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Booklet w/general information (no sailings listed) 1926 (most likely issued 1925)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Amazone
(André Lebon)
Angkor
(Athos II)
(building)
Chambord
Chenonceaux
(building) (although scheduled for a November 1926 departure according to the sailing list mentioned below, the ship didn't enter service until 1927)
(Chili)
(?)
D'Artagnan
(Dumbéa)
(?)
(Lotus)
(?)
Paul Lecat
Porthos
(Sphinx)
(?)
Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Djibouti, Colombo, Singapore, Saigon, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kobe, Yokohama.
Singapore omitted on return voyages.
Amboise
(Angers)
(?)
Azay Le Rideau
Chantilly
Compiègne
(Fontainebleau)
Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Djibouti, Colombo, Penang, Singapore, Saigon, Tourane, Haiphong.
Singapore omitted on return voyages.
(Claude Chappe) Saigon, Quinhon, Banghoi, Tourane, Haiphong.
Céphée
Ville d'Amiens
(Ville de Strasbourg)
Ville de Verdun
Dunkirk, Le Havre, Bordeaux, Lisbon (optional), Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Aden, Colombo, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney.
Optional itinerary between Sydney and Port Said on return voyages, with "accelerated service" to ports of northern France.
Andromède
(Antinoüs)
(El Kantara)
Louqsor
Dunkirk, Le Havre, Bordeaux, Lisbon (optional), Marseilles, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort de France, Cristobal, Balboa, Papeete, Suva, Noumea.
Called also at Port Vila on return voyages.
(Dupleix) Sydney, Noumea, Port Vila and other ports of New Hebrides.
Return voyages via Noumea to Sydney.
Amiral Pierre
(Angers)
(?)
Aviateur Roland Garros
(Azay Le Rideau)
(?)
(Chambord)
Dumbéa
Général Duchesne
Général Voyron
Bernardin de Saint Pierre
(building)
Explorateur Grandidier
(building)
Leconte de Lisle
(building)
Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Djibouti, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Mutsamudu (every 4th voyage), Moroni (every 4th voyage), Mohély (every 4th voyage), Mayotte (alternate voyages), Majunga, Nossi-Bé (optional), Diego Suarez, Sainte-Marie (optional), Tamatave, Réunion, Mauritius.
Called also at Aden on return voyages.
(Imerina)
(Maréchal Gallieni)
(Bagdad)
Diego Suarez to various ports on the east and west coasts of Madagascar.
Champollion
Mariette Pacha
(building)
Marseilles, Alexandria, Beirut.
Chili
Général Metzinger
Lamartine
Lotus
Pierre Loti
Sphinx
Théophile Gautier
(building)
1) Mediterranean circular line north-south: Marseilles, Naples (optional), Malta or Messina (optional), Piraeus, Constantinople, Smyrna, Rhodes, Larnaca, Beirut, Jaffa, Alexandria, Marseilles.
2) Mediterranean circular line south-north: Marseilles, Alexandria, Jaffa (optional), Beirut, Smyrna, Constantinople, Piraeus, Malta (optional), Naples, Marseilles.
(Chef Mecanicien Mailhol)
(Commandant Dorise)
(Commandant Mages)
(Commissaire Pierre Lecocq)
(Docteur Pierre Benoit)
(Lieutenant de La Tour)
(Lieutenant Saint Loubert Bie)
(Meinam)
(Min)
(Pei Ho)
(Si Kiang)
(Yalou)
(Yang Tse)
Cargo only (a few ships took passengers):
Dunkirk, Antwerp, Middlesbrough, London, Port Said, Singapore, Saigon, Shanghai, Japanese ports (Kobe, Yokohama etc.), Ports of northern China (Taku etc.), Ports of the Yangtse River (up to Hankow).
All of the ships listed above are stated in the fleet list of the booklet, but no information is given as to which route/routes they were used on. This information has been compiled from the use of an August 1926 sailing list plus careful studying of Philippe Ramona's website on the Messageries Maritimes. It has not been possible to establish the use of some of the ships with exact certainty, hence the question marks. Some of those ships were probably used on alternating routes, depending on demand. Ships within brackets are not confirmed in the sailing list.
The two liners André Chenier and Cordillère, although listed in the booklet, were out of use by 1926. On the other hand were the liners noted as "building" put in service during the year, except Chenonceaux and Athos II which came into service only in 1927, and Mariette Pacha, on the Alexandria run already from 1925.
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Sailings January-December 1930 (issued November 1, 1929)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Champollion
Mariette Pacha
Typical voyages:
Marseilles, Alexandria, Beirut
Lotus
Angkor
Pierre Loti
Théophile Gautier
Lamartine
Alternating voyages:
1) Marseilles, Alexandria.
Return voyages: Alexandria, Jaffa, Beirut, Mersin, Smyrna, Constantinople, Piraeus, Naples, Marseilles.
2) Marseilles, Naples, Piraeus, Constantinople, Smyrna, Rhodes, Larnaca, Mersin, Beirut, Jaffa, Alexandria.
Return voyages: Alexandria, Marseilles.
3) Marseilles, Alexandria.
Return voyages: Alexandria, Jaffa, Beirut, Alexandretta, Smyrna, Constantinople, Piraeus, Naples, Marseilles.
4) Marseilles, Naples, Piraeus, Constantinople, Smyrna, Rhodes, Larnaca, Alexandretta, Beirut, Jaffa, Alexandria.
Return voyages: Alexandria, Marseilles.

(The majority of fast outward voyages were operated by Lotus and Angkor and fast homeward ones by Pierre Loti and Lamartine.)

Porthos
Chenonceaux
Athos II
D'Artagnan
Angers
Sphinx
Général Metzinger
André Lebon
Marseilles, Port Said, Suez (every other voyage - Chenonceaux, D'Artagnan, Sphinx and André Lebon only), Djibouti, Colombo, Singapore, Saigon, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kobe, Yokohama.
Suez was called at on all homeward voyages.

(Annex service by MM vessel: Saigon, Quinhon, Tourane, Haiphong.
No sailings listed.)

Compiègne
Chantilly
Azay Le Rideau
Amboise
Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Djibouti, Colombo, Pondichery, Madras, Singapore, Saigon, Tourane, Haiphong
Ville de Verdun
Ville de Strasbourg
Andromède
Antinoüs
Marseilles, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France, Cristobal, Papéeté, Raiatea, Suva, Port Vila, Nouméa
Chambord
Bernardin de Saint Pierre
Explorateur Grandidier
Aviateur Roland Garros
Général Duchesne
Leconte de Lisle
Général Voyron
Marseilles, Port Said, Suez, Djibouti, Aden (approx. every other or 3rd voyage - Bernardin de Saint Pierre, Explorateur Grandidier and Leconte de Lisle only), Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Moroni/Mohéli/Mutsamudu/Mayotte *), Majunga, Nossi-Bé (optional), Diego Suarez, Tamatave, Réunion, Mauritius.
Aden called at on all return voyages.

*) These ports were called at according to four different itineraries:
1) Moroni (outward) - Mayotte, Mutsamudu (homeward)
2) Mohéli, Mayotte (outward) - Moroni (homeward)
3) Mutsamudu (outward) - Mayotte (homeward)
4) Mayotte (outward) - Mohéli (homeward)
Consequently, Mayotte was called at on every other voyage and the other ports on every 4th voyage.

Commissaire Ramel
Ville de Strasbourg
Ville d'Amiens
?
Marseilles, Suez, Colombo, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney.
(No sailings listed.)

(Annex service by MM vessel: Sydney, Nouméa, New Hebrides, Loyalty Islands, Nouméa, Sydney.
No sailings listed.)

Sailings January 1961-December 1962 (issued March 15, 1961)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Cambodge
Laos
Viet-Nam
Marseilles, Port Said, Aden, Bombay, Colombo, Singapore, Saigon, Hong Kong, Kobe, Yokohama.
Return voyages: Yokohama, Hong Kong, Saigon, Singapore, Colombo, Bombay, Djibouti, Port Said, Marseilles.
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Sailings August 1962-December 1963 (issued September 1, 1962)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Laennec
Louis Lumière
Charles Tellier
Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Vigo, Leixões (occasionally) or Lisbon (approx. every other voyage), Madeira (approx. every other voyage; often combined with the call at Leixoes), Rio de Janeiro, Santos, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.
Return voyages: Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio Grande (one voyage of the Laennec only), Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Las Palmas, Lisbon, Vigo, Le Havre. Vessels arriving from December 1962 onwards proceeded to Dunkirk, Hamburg and Antwerp with freight only.

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See the archives section for more brochures of Messageries Maritimes.
See also the shipping in 1971 section.

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See also French Line.

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Messageries Maritimes fleet information, history etc. on the following website:

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The French Lines website (for the Compagnie Générale Maritime, the company created to merge CGT
and Messageries Maritimes during the mid-1970s, finally disposing of the old names in 1977)
has a page on the history of the Messageries Maritimes with several photos.

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Philippe Ramona's website on the Messageries Maritimes is very comprehensive,
with the history of the line and its liners, including many photos. All in French.

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You may use my images on another website.
Then please credit them as being from the collection of Björn Larsson,
and preferably provide a link to my Introduction page.
Thank you!

This page last updated November 29, 2009.