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French ships named after Berlioz 

In July 2001 we received a communication from the Commander of a container-ship, belonging to the French company CMA CGM. He informed us, among others, that his ship is called CMA CGM BERLIOZ after the composer. It carries cargo to and from various ports around the world, and, with it, Berlioz’s name. He kindly granted us permission to make this announcement here and reproduce the picture of the ship on our site.

In November 2003 Madame Muriel Mironneau, Director of Communication of the shipping company SeaFrance, informed us that their latest passenger ship, which was at the time under construction, would be named after Berlioz. The SeaFrance Berlioz ferry is now afloat and you can see its picture elsewhere on our site as it appeared on the cover of the company brochure (in our own collection). In addition, Mr Neville Blackshaw, a Berlioz admirer and a visitor to our site, has kindly sent us a photo of the SeaFrance Berlioz under construction. We are most grateful to him.

Mr Blackshaw has kindly sent us a few more pictures of SeaFrance Berlioz, which he took on board the ship

See also below an engraving of La Louisiane, whose captain was Berlioz’s son Louis.

[NB. The SeaFrance company was liquidated in 2012, and after formation of another company, MyFerryLink in the same year, the ship SeaFrance Berlioz became part of it and was renamed Berlioz. In February 2016, DFDS Seaways, a new owner of the ship, changed its name to Côtes des Flandres.]



SeaFrance Berlioz

This picture has been scanned form the “SeaFrance Berlioz” brochure, a copy of which is in our own collection.

The company had a tradition of naming its ships after well-known French artists. The latest addition to their fleet was named after Berlioz.


SeaFrance Berlioz – paperweight

This is a stainless steel and glass “porthole style” paperweight with a see-through glass middle, representing a “floating” gold plated SeaFrance Berlioz ferry, in a “sea” of copper fragments. It marked the 2005 launch of the SeaFrance Berlioz.

SeaFrance Berlioz under construction

This photo was kindly sent to us by Neville Blackshaw.

La Louisiane

Berlioz’s only son, Louis, was a sailor who reached the rank of commander in his early thirties. The ship under his command was called La Louisiane.
This picture is from L’Illustration, published in 1862.  

The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin on 18 July 1997; this page created in December 2005.

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