The Cargo Asia in wood and metal built for the Compagnie maritime des chargeurs réunis. The hull is lacquered yellow and red for the dead works and green for the lively works. The central castle with wheelhouse overhanging it and two chimneys stamped with the five red stars on a white background of the company's flag, symbolizing the five continents and the universal dimension of the maritime routes covered. The mizzen mast and the cargo mast carry the yards and the boom for an auric mainsail. The metal fittings of the decks and forecastles are very complete. Many boats in position on their davits. Gold and red lacquered windsocks. Double propeller with four blades. Rests on three turned wooden legs.
Display table. A wrought iron display case can be given to the buyer.
Dimensions 307 x 114 x 59 cm
Shipowners' models are traditionally considered as the top of the range of naval models. The tradition was that at the launch of each important ship, the shipowner had a model built in 3 copies by a specialized model maker... which cost a fortune.
The first copy was kept in the shipowner's office. The second copy was given to the captain to whom the ship was entrusted. The third copy was offered to the godmother who threw the bottle on the hull.
These shipowner's models were good promotional tools for institutional partners (bankers, shareholders, partners such as tourism or transport operators), but also for customers who frequented the commercial premises.
The manufacture was often of very high quality: a faithful replica of the ship as it left the shipyards, with exceptional attention to detail and the use of very beautiful materials. When the ship underwent major transformations or changed ownership, a new model could be made.
The Compagnie de navigation des chargeurs réunis was founded in 1872 in Le Havre by the Parisian banker Jules Vignal
Its steamships provide regular connections with Brazil and Argentina
The flagship ships include the Ville de Bahia, the Ville de Santos, the Ville de Janeiro
The company also provided maritime services to the West African coast, notably with the ship Tchad which left from Bordeaux
Passed under the control of the Fabre et Cie company in 1927, the company tried to buy l'Aéropostale in 1933 and confirmed its desire to invest in air transport by founding Aéromaritime.
In 1939, its fleet was composed of five banana boats, 25 cargo ships and 14 liners, two of which were mixed.
On February 12, 1914, the Asia liner built by the "Chantiers de France" for the Cie des Chargeurs Réunis was launched in Dunkirk.
The operation was a complete success. This magnificent steamer is destined for the new three-week service between France and the West Coast of Africa, recently inaugurated by the Chargeurs Réunis.
The luxury and comfort of her installations have been raised to a degree not yet attained on steamers, both French and foreign, assigned to parallel lines. Very happy innovations have been made in all the arrangements.
The main characteristics are as follows:
Length, 140 m.; width, 17 m.; depth, 12 metres; 9,058 t; 7,500 hp; 139.10 x 17.06 m; 2 chimneys; 2 propellers; 2 triple expansion engines; 7 cylindrical boilers rated at 14 kg/cm²; 16.4 kts; 159 passengers 1st class; 80 passengers 2nd class; 96 passengers 3rd class; 8,561 gt; 5,160 pel
Her displacement is 12.The displacement is 12,000 tons, the engine power of 10,000 hp gives the Asia a speed of 18 knots.
From 1916 to 1918 the Asia is requisitioned as a hospital ship.
On 11.10.1919, the ship leaves Bordeaux for Brazil Plata and then another one in May 1920.
On 30.10.1920, the cargo runs aground at the Bec d'Ambés on leaving the Gironde, due to a damage of the bar. She was refloated by 2 tugs.
On 14.12.1925, while leaving Dakar, she lost her starboard propeller in the chain of another ship and hit the quay making a tear on the starboard side above the waterline.
In April 1927, a fire in the cargo of wood and rubber broke out in the hold number 1.
In 1942 she was seized by the Italians, then in 1943 by the Germans in Marseille, to be returned to the Italians in April and renamed ROSSANO.
On 10.05.1944, the Asie was sunk by an allied bombardment and capsized in the port of Genoa.