Presented is a fine example of a vintage ship’s bell which is off one
of the French Lines two ships operated by Compagnie
Générale Transatlantique both of which were named WYOMING, but with different build dates.
The chain of ownership in the United States goes back at least 65 years. This coincides
with when the U.S. Navy commandeered the first Wyoming in February,1943 for service during the WW II. She was torpedoed
shortly after the transfer on March 12, 1943 by German underseaboot U-524 so it likely came off when the ship
was fitted with U.S. equipment before she departed for Casablanca from New York City.
The second Wyoming was not built until 1948 and was sold to the Japanese in 1961
and renamed “Seifu Maru”. She was sent to the ship breakers in 1974 which is only 34 years ago which is much shorter time
span then it was in the possession of the prior owners in this country.
Some people may say the bell belongs to the second vessel, but there is no reason for
the American owners not to be truthful as to when and how it was acquired because they originally thought it
was off our battleship USS WYOMING – BB 32. Other people may even think it is from another Wyoming entirely, but they miss
the significance of “La Harvre” being the port of registry which makes the bell definitely from a French registered ship.
Wyoming Le Havre
Wyoming Le Havre
Missing clapper, replacement furnished
CHAIN OF U.S. OWNERSHIP: Junk yard, period unknown and New
York City fire department 25 years combined estimate, second owner 40 years, third owner 5 years, estimated total 65+ years.
DEMENSIONS: Diameter of crown 4 3/4″ Diameter of mouth 9 1/2″
CONDITION: In excellent original condition with deeply
There are no foundry marks or a date and the original clapper is missing. A recent bronze
clapper, as pictured, will be furnished.
FRENCH LINES’ HISTORY:
Wyoming (steel cargo-passenger ship) 1930 – 1943 hull material : ……………….steel previous
name(s) of ship : …….. detailed type : ……………….steel cargo-passenger ship type of propulsion : …………..1
propeller building year of ship : ………..1930 name of shipyard : …………….Bremer Vulcan place of construction
: ………..Vegesack year of entering the fleet : ……1930 length (in meters) : …………..143,00 width (in
meters) : ……………18,6 gross tonnage (in tons) : ………8061 deadweight (in tons) : …………10182 type
of engine : ………………inverted, triple expansion 4 LP cylinders divided off engine power (in HP) : …………6000 nominal
speed (in Knots) : ……..14
Ship’s History: Fourth of a series of four ships.
Sisterships : OREGON (1929), WASHINGTON (1930), WISCONSIN (1930). Brought into service in March 1930. Assigned to the service
line of the North Pacific. Immobilized in New-Orleans in 1940, then she takes refuge in Marseilles. In 1941-42, makes
several round trip passages to the West Indies, from and to North Africa. In February 1943, in Casablanca, is commandeered
by the U.S. War Shipping Administration. On March 15, 1943, is torpedoed by the German submarine U524, while part of a convoy
from New York to Casablanca. No loss of life. U524 will in her turn be sunk by a plane eight days later.
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SHIPPING & PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing, handling,
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packing and shipping honestly, but we expect to be reimbursed for the nominal cost of packaging materials and handling. Our
shipping is the most professional and the least costly possible.
SHIPPING TO FRANCE by U.S. Priority Mail International is $118.55.
However, insurance using this class service is limited to $650.00 which is less then the reserve. For full insurance the cost
GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION: You must be fully satisfied with your purchase on
arrival and that our description is entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email authorization
be obtained within three days, and that the instrument is returned in its original condition and packaging, and insured for
its full value. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless we are at fault.
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