FRANCE: Ship of Empire

Thunder clouds rolling down the valley of the Loire last week made excited Frenchmen hurry to launch from the river's mouth at St. Nazaire the largest ship in the world.

Eight hundred guests of the French Line, including the President of France and Mme Lebrun, had come by special train from Paris. If possible they must not get wet.

Spitting on their hands, 600 brawny Breton & Norman shipwrights rushed out to the launching ways, took their stations and stood ready to pull the wedges. The stupendous hull (longer than the Eiffel...

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