Last modified: 2004-07-10 by ivan sache
Keywords: societe anonyme des pecheries cameleyre | letter: c (white) | letter: f (black) |
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by Ivan Sache
Société Anonyme des Pêcheries Cameleyre was a French shipping company, based in Arcachon.
The fishing port of Arcachon was in the past one of the most innovative
ones in France. The port saw in 1837 the first steam trawler in the world.
There were three main fishing companies in Arcachon at the end of the XIXth century, the Pêcheries de l'Océan, founded in 1866, the Pêcheries Cameleyre Frères and the Société Nouvelle des Pêcheries à Vapeur, both founded a few years later. These companies operated steam trawlers, which needed coal, not available locally. Therefore, a regular cargo line was opened between Arcachon and England: the ships left Arcachon with a cargo of pine trunks, used as pillars in the English coal mines, and came back with a cargo of coal. The pines came from the neighbouring forest of Landes.
Source: A website on ancient post cards from Arcachon
The name Cameleyre seems to be fairly common in the region of Landes.
Ivan Sache, 18 November 2003
The house flag of the company is diagonally divided from upper left corner to lower right one, the lower triangle being red with a white letter C, the upper triangle being white with a black letter F.
Source: Company share, from the Adamshares website
Jan Mertens, 18 November 2003