French School, 20th Century. SS Patria, gouache

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FRENCH SCHOOL, Early 20th Century

“SS Patria”

Gouache on paper titled lower left

Height: 47 cm (18-1/2 in.) - Width: 69 cm (27 in.)
Frame: 57,5 x 80 cm (22-3/5 x 31-1/2 in.)

The ocean liner SS Patria was completed in the shipyards at La Seyne in 1914 for the French Steamship Company by the shipowner Cyprien Fabre & Cie, Marseille. SS Patria inaugurated service on April 15, 1914 bound for New York. In 1920, it sailed transatlantic from Marseille Naples / Palermo-New York. Reduction in the number of emigrants due to the Depression forced the company to shut it down and eventually was sold to Messageries Maritime for the Levant route. In 1939, the SS Patria was used as a hospital for the wounded during Spanish Civil War. In June 1940, it was seized by the British in Haifa. On November 25 of the same year, while the ship was carrying two thousand Jews from Eastern Europe bound for Mauritius and expelled from Palestine, an attack vessel sunk it in a few minutes in the Haifa port leaving 260 deceased.

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