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Acher-Duhamel & Gournay (Shipping company, France)

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House flag of Acher-Duhamel & Gournay - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 September 2010

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Presentation of Acher-Duhamel & Gournay

The Acher family, from Fécamp, was involved in the "grand fishing" on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. In 1898, Henri Acher purchased in Canada a wooden three-master he renamed Turenne. The ship was registered by Henri Acher and his son René until 1909 (Acher & Fils), then by René alone. The tenth campaign of the Turenne ended with the loss of the ship, sunk on 6 April 1919 on the Grand Banks. The 36-men crew was rescued by the three-master Anaïs and repatriated to France in May 1919.
The writer and adventurer Henry de Monfreid (1879-1974) seems to have attempted to purchase the Turenne in 1907; it is believed that the loss of the ship inspired him for his novel Le naufrageur (1950).

Source: Turenne, by Étienne Bernet

On 11 June 1920, the newspaper L'Ouest-Éclair reports the blessing in Fécamp of the André-Pierre trawler (52 m, 553 tons), owned by Acher-Duhamel & Gournay.

Ivan Sache, 26 September 2010

House flag of Acher-Duhamel & Gournay

The Yearbook of the Central Committee of France Shipowners (1922) shows the house flag of Acher-Duhamel & Gournay as white with a blue descending diagonal stripe charged with three white stars and the blue letters "A.D.G." placed horizontally in the lower hoist.

Dominique Cureau, 26 September 2010