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Vintage Cruise Ship Life Preserver

Lot Number 1909

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Explore the mysteries of the sea with this vintage life preserver. Seemingly this well-traveled piece of cruise ship equipment has done tours of duty on several vessels. One side is labeled with two names and corresponding national flags with “S.S. Champlain-French flag” and “S.S. Saturnia-Italian flag”. A ship of the French Line, the Champlain is listed as one of the earliest ocean liner casualties of WWII, sunk by a mine off the coast of France in 1940. The Italian Line ship Saturnia survived WWII while serving the United States efforts as a hospital ship dubbed “Frances Y. Slanger”. The opposite side is humorously decorated with the name “S.S. Green Scum” referencing algae residue, along with somewhat faded inscriptions dated “1961” and a sketch of an eagle with a fish in its talons. This hardy survivor presents in attractive condition with a gold braid rope attached to the outer edge. It could very well be that this vintage flotational device bounced around the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea  for thirty or more years while being alternately employed by the French, Italians and Americans.

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