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

Part 5: Regular members,C-E

Last modified: 2010-09-25 by ivan sache
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CNN regular membership

According to Article 24 of the club's statutes, the admission into CNN of a regular member (aged at least 21) required introduction by two regular members and validation by two-third of the members of the Administrative Commission, in a vote by secret ballot.
According to Article 28, the admission fee was 20 francs; the yearly subscription was 10 francs, to which was added a 20 franc contribution to race organization. Active officers of the Army and the Navy did not pay the admission fee.
According to Article 5, regular members leaving the country for at least one year could ask for a leave, during which they would not pay any subscription; when back to France, their regular membership would be fully restored.

According to Article 7, a section of the CNN could be founded in a place where at leat five regular members stay. This happened in Saint- Raphaël (6 members).

According to Article 29, members were considered as non-resident when they lived in the Department of Alpes-Maritimes for less than six months (at the time, during the winter season).

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

Ivan Sache, 20 May 2010


André Chauchard

[Chauchard's flag]

Chauchard's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010

André Chauchard published in 1896 "La navigation en vue des côtes - Connaissances indispensables pour conduire un yacht - Tables pour faire le point (Coastal navigation - Knowledge required to drive a yacht - Tables to plot one's position).
Admitted into the CNN in 1894, André Chauchard served as Vice-President of the club. His private signal is red with a blue diagonal descending stripe.

Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010


Paul Chauchard

[Chauchard's flag]

Paul Chauchard's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010

Paul Chauchard was a pioneer in automobile racing, serving as the Vice President of the Automobile-Club de Nice. He won the Brussels-Namur- Spa (1899) and Salon-Arles-Salon (1902) races, as well as the Mt. Ventoux hillclimb race (1902).
Admitted into the CNN in 1894, Paul Chauchard served as the Vice- President and the President of the club. He is listed as the owner of the motorboats Anthéor (8 m, 10 hp) and Janot (6.50 m, 5 hp), of the houari Mimi (1 ton), of the sloop Calabrais (1 ton) and of the lugger Raton (1 ton). He donated to the club the houari Grèbe (1 ton), to be freely used by the club's members and their guests. In 1906, he organized the Riviera Maritime Raid (Nice-Cannes-Toulon) for motorboats, the route being increased the next year as Nice-Cannes-Monaco-San Remo-Genoa-Nice.
Paul Chauchard's private signal is red with a small, thick blue saltire in the middle.

Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010


Paul Chauchard and Henri Rigaud

[Chauchard and Rigaud's flag]

Paul Chauchard and Henri Rigaud's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010

Paul Chauchard and Henri Rigaud are listed as the co-owners of the sloop Guibel (2.5 tons). Their private signal is horizontally divided white-red (1:2) with a blue saltire in the red stripe, that is Rigaud's private signal augmented with Paul Chauchard's blue saltire.

Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010


Paul Chauchard and Maurice Tranchant de Lunel

[Chauchard and Tranchant's flag]

Paul Chauchard and Maurice Tranchant de Lunel's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010

Paul Chauchard and Maurice Tranchant de Lunel are shown a private signal, red with a blue horizontal stripe in the middle and half a blue vertical stripe placed along the hoist, and a blue saltire in the upper half of the flag, that is a combination of their respective private signals.

Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010


Édouard Claudon

[Claudon's flag]

Claudon's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010

Édouard Claudon (1857-1908) was an engineer, admitted to the Paris Chemistry Society in 1883. He wintered in Saint-Raphaël and published in 1902 Faunule malacologique marine deSaint-Raphaël (Var) in La Feuille des Jeunes Naturalistes 32, 184-199 - a record of the local shells.
Member of the Saint-Raphaël section of the CNN, Claudon is listed as the owner of the yawl Cypraea (ex Musette, 7 tons) and of a CNN monotype (unnamed, 0.5 ton). His private signal is white with a red triangle at each corner of the flag (strikingly similar to the house flag of Messageries Maritimes) and the owner's red monogram, made of a mirrored "e" interlaced with a "c", in the middle.

Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010


Ferdinand Coucke

[Coucke's flag]

Coucke's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010

Ferdinand Coucke, a Dutch textile industrial, settled in Nice after his marriage with a local. Admitted into the CNN in 1894 and, subsequently Vice-President of the club, he is considered as the father of rowing on the French Riviera. He is listed as the owner of two boats (single and double scull). Coucke was in charge of the sale of the club's insignia, hat's ribbons, ties, big and small buttons, and tiepins, which "should be delivered only after presentation of the CNN member card".
Coucke's private signal is blue with a white lozenge charged with a red "L".

Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010


Lorne Currie

[Currie's flag]

Currie's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010

Lorne Currie (1871-1926), born and grown in Le Havre, belonged to a famous Scottish shipowner's lineage. Currie is credited of two gold medals at the 1900 Olympics held at Paris (0.5-1 ton class; Open class); however, the Olympic historian Ian Buchanan believes that Currie was credited of the medals as the owner of the boats but did not actually sail in Paris.
Admitted into the CNN in 1900, Currie is listed as the owner of the cutter Rose-France (10 tons). Currie's private signal is horizontally divided yellow-black with a half-sized rectangle countercoloured crossed by a thin saltire countercoloured.

Ivan Sache, 22 May 2010


Duke Jean Decazes

[Decazes' flag]

Duke Decazes' private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010

Jean Élie Octave Louis Sévère Amanieu Decazes (1864-1912), third Duke Decazes and Duke of Glücksburg, was the son of Louis Charles Élie Amanieu Decazes (1819-1886), second Duke Decazes and Minister of the Foreign Affairs in 1873-1877, and the grandson of Élie Decazes (1780-1860), President of the Council of the Ministers (Prime Minister) of King Louis XVIII (1819-1820) and made Duke of Glücksberg (Denmark) in 1818 and Duke Decazes in 1820, also the founder of a mining town renamed Decazeville in 1829. Jean Decazes married Isabelle Singer, a daughter of Isaac Merrit Singer, the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and was appointed Chamberlain of the King of Denmark.

Decazes is credited of a silver medal at the 1900 Olympic, held at Paris (10-20 ton class, on Quand-Même). Mechanized, the Quand-Même, steered by Duke Decaze, Paul Chauchard (then President of the CNN) and Baudouin (the ship's designer), competed in the first motorboat race ever, Algiers-Toulon via Mahon (Balearic Islands); the boat was among the six out of the seven competitors that had to be rescued; considered as lost, the Quand-Même was eventually found after two weeks drifting off Sardinia.
Admitted into the CNN in 1900, while he was Vice President of the Yacht Club de France, Decazes is listed as the owner of the steam yacht Velleda (ex Nubienne, ex Cumbria; 575 tons), the second biggest boat of the club's fleet. His private signal is quartered per saltire blue-red with a countercoloured star in each quarter.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010


Hippolyte de Diakoff

[Diakoff's flag]

Diakoff's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010

Hippolyte de Diakoff, from Kiev, was admitted into the CNN in 1893. His private signal is a tapered swallow-tailed yellow flag, with five ascending diagonal blue-white-red-white- blue stripes.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010


Charles Dufourmantelle

[Dufourmantelle's flag]

Dufourmantelle's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010

Charles Marie Dufourmantelle (1853-1938), admitted into the CNN in 1901, graduated in 1877 with the École des Chartres, defending his thesis on "The Navy in France in the beginning of the Hundred Years' War", and was appointed archivist of the Department of Corse. Admitted in 1875 in the Société de Géographie, he published in 1873 Une visite au Gibraltar italien - Excursion du yacht Euxène à la Madalena and in 1896 Le yacht "Euxène" sur les côtes de Sardaigne et de Corse and Le Yacht Euxène à l'Île d'Elbe.
Dufourmantelle's signal is green with a yellow emblem made of an horizontal half-moon placed on a pole supported by three steps.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010


Nicholas Eliasco

[Eliasco's flag]

Eliasco's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010

Nicholas Eliasco, admitted to the CNN in 1906, belonged to a dynasty of Greek bankers established at Constantinople [today, Istanbul]. On 18 February 1912, the New York Times announced his wedding with Mrs. Claire G. Ozmun, the widow of the late Edward G. Ozmun, US Consul at Constantinople. Eliasco is presented as "interested in sports, being the owner of the motor yacht Consuelo [19 m, 40 hp], which has won many prizes in the races held by the Mediterranean Yacht Club of Nice [that is, the CNN]".
Eliasco's private signal is divided blue-white by the ascending diagonal, with a white star in upper hoist and a blue star in lower hoist.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010


Isaac Edward Emerson

Isaac E. Emerson is not listed in the club's member directory, but in the yacht owner's directory, as "J.E. Emmerson", the owner of two steam yachts (245 and 122 tons) called Margaret.
The chemist Isaac Edward Emerson (1859-1937) based his wealth on the patent of the headache remedy Bromo-Selzer. He set up the Emerson Drug Company, built the Emerson Hote", presided the Citro Chemical Works of America, chaired the American Bromine Company and controlled the Maryland Glass Corporation.

Yachting sources often call him Captain Emerson, referring to the rank he earned during the Spanish-American War, when commanding his own naval force. His daughter Margaret (1884-1960), for whom the aforementioned yachts were named, married Alfred G. Vanderbilt (1877-1915), who went down with the Lusitania in 1915. She must have been fond of yachting, too, since she is listed as the winner of the first "Brutal Beast Turnament" organized in 1927 by the Pleon Yacht Club.
Emerson's private signal is a tapered swallow-tailed blue burgee, with a yellow border and a white diamond charged with a black bear/lion holding an axe.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010


Carlo Enrietti

[Enrietti's flag]

Enrietti's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010

Carlo Enrietti was a public contractor from Naples. In 1914, he proposed to build a new careening basin in the port of Naples but the project was postponed for financial reasons. Enrietti was a founding member of the "Circolo Nautico Stabia", set up in 1921 at Castellamare di Stabia, near Naples.
Admitted into the CNN in 1901, Enrietti is listed as the owner of the motor boat Giulia (12 m, 40 hp). His private signal is white with a blue triangle on top and a green triangle on bottom and a red eight-pointed star in the white field.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2010