Postcards Compagnie de Navigation Mixte
The “Compagnie de Navigation Mixte” grew out of the “Société Louis Arnaud, Touache Fréres & Cie” in 1855. At that time the French line transported cargo with sailings ships. So they gained an edge over steamships. Passengers, however, travelled aboard the line’s paddle wheelers. That was for one thing expensive, for another thing very slow.
When the ship “SS France” belonging to the “Compagnie de Navigation Mixte” got destroyed by a fire blast on September, 27th, 1856; the ocean carrier withdrew from the transatlantic ship operations. Having 13 ships, the line ranked second in France.
After the First World War, some modern, new ships came to the fleet, such as the “El Biar”, the “El-Golea” and the “El-Mansour”. These vessels made the “Compagnie de Navigation Mixte” enjoy a really good reputation.
In the 1930s, this shipping company was among the few ferry companies having a new and modern fleet. The company took over the “Busck Company” and merged with the “Société Maritime Nationale”.
On vintage postcards there are illustrations of early models, such as the steamer “Theodore Mante”, and more modern ones from the 1930s. Every collector of illustrated, adorned postal cards, so-called postcards, should collect these historical pictures.