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Club Nautique de Nice (Yacht Club, France): Members' private signals (1907)

Part 2: Honorary members

Last modified: 2010-09-25 by ivan sache
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List of the CNN Honorary members

According to Article 6 of the club's statutes, the title of Honorary member of the CNN is granted by the club's President, upon advice of the Administrative Commission, to members deserving this title because of their present or past commitment to the club.

The CNN 1907 Yearbook lists the following members as Honorary members of the club:
- HH King Léopold II, King of the Belgians;
- HRH Prince Luigi of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi;
- HIH Prince Georges Romanowsky, Duke of Leuchtenberg;
- H. Sauvan, Senator, Mayor of Nice;
- Countess of Faverney;
- Léonce Krebs, Artillery Colonel at the Army Headquarters, Pari;
- Borie, Administrator-in-Chief of the Navy, Nice;
- Louis Isnard, Commander of the Port of Nice;
- Henri Philippe, former President of the Union des Sociétés d'Aviron de France, Bry-sur-Marne;
- Adrien Fleuret, President of the Cercle Nautique de France, Paris;
- Stanislas Bérenguier, President of the Société des Régates de Sainte-Maxime;
- The President of the Société des Régates de Monaco;
- The President and the Secretary of the Société des Régates Mâconnaises;
- L. Doyen, President of the Société de la Basse-Seine, Paris;
- E. Toulot, Engineer, Editor-in-Chief of the Yachting Gazette, Genevilliers;
- Georges Flouest, Neuilly-sur-Seine;
- Camille Blanc, President of the Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco;
- Wilson Marshall, Esq., owner of the Atlantic, New York;
- Sir Thomas Lipton.

The CNN 1907 Yearbook shows the private signal of the Honorary members detailed in the next sections.

Ivan Sache, 18 May 2010


HRH Prince Luigi of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi

[Luigi of Savoy's flag]

Luigi of Savoy's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 18 May 2010

Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta (1873-1933; listed as Prince Louis de Savoie in the CNN Yearbook), was the son of King Amadeo I of Spain (1870-1873). A trained mountaineer, the prince made in 1897 the first ascent of Mount Saint Elias (5,489 m) and led several expeditions to the North Pole (1899-1900), Africa (1906), and the Himalayas (1909); he served in the Italian Royal Navy during the First World War, commanding the Adriatic Fleet (1914-1917).

The Prince's private signal is red with a white cross, that is, unsurprisingly, the banner of arms of Savoy.

Ivan Sache, 18 May 2010


Wilson Marshall

Commodore Wilson Marshall, a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club (New York), owned the three-masted racing schooner Atlantic (206 tons), designed by William Gardner and built in 1903 by the Townsend-Downey Shipbuilding Company, Shooters Island, New York (also the builder of Kaiser Wilhelm's Meteor III). The ship was registered with the New York Athletic Club Yacht Club.
Skipped by the famous Charlie Barr, the Atlantic won in 1905 the Kaiser's Cup Transatlantic Race (aka the Ocean Race), ran by 11 yachts from Sandy Hook to Cape Lizard (3,013 miles); the racing record established by the Atlantic - 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute, 19 seconds - was unofficially defeated by Éric Tabarly in 1980 - 10 days, 5 hours, 14 minutes -, and officially defeated on 1 June by Robert Miller's Mari-Cha IV - 9 days, 15 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds.
The Atlantic was purchased after the First World War by Cornelius Vanderbilt III; sold in 1927 to the industrial Gerard Lambert, she subsequently served as a training vessel of the US Coast Guard (1941-1947). The Atlantic was eventually scraped in 1982.
In 1907, Marshall patroned the Atlantic Cup for 10-ton yachts, to be organized by the CNN.

Marshall's private signal is a swallow-tailed blue flag with oblique horizontal edges, with a white semi-shield charged with a red Maltese cross.
The New York Times, 8 October 1905, relating a testimonial banquet tendered to the Kaiser's Cup winners by the Larchmont Yacht Club, says: "The tables were arranged in a square inclosing a dais, draped with the private Marshall signal."

Ivan Sache, 18 May 2010


E. Toulot

[Toulot's flag]

Toulot's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 18 May 2010

The weekly Yachting Gazette, then edited by E. Toulot, was the French reference review on yachting; it published detailed results of races and reports of main events, such as the First Motorboating World Meeting organized in 1904 in Monaco by Camiile Blanc, another Honorary member of the CNN.

Toulot's private signal is divided blue-red by the ascending diagonal, with a white stripe placed along the descending diagonal and charged with a red star in canton.
On the frontpage of the Yachting Gazette, the name of the review, printed in big red letters, is surmonted by a red star.

Ivan Sache, 18 May 2010