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House flag of Acher-Duhamel & Gournay - Image by Ivan Sache, 26 September 2010
The Acher family, from Fécamp, was involved in the "grand fishing" on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. In 1898, Henri Acher purchased in Canada a wooden three-master he renamed Turenne. The ship was
registered by Henri Acher and his son René until 1909 (Acher & Fils),
then by René alone. The tenth campaign of the Turenne ended with the
loss of the ship, sunk on 6 April 1919 on the Grand Banks. The 36-men
crew was rescued by the three-master Anaïs and repatriated to France
in May 1919.
The writer and adventurer Henry de Monfreid (1879-1974) seems to have attempted to purchase the Turenne in 1907; it is believed that the loss of the ship inspired him for his novel Le naufrageur (1950).
Source: Turenne, by Étienne Bernet
On 11 June 1920, the newspaper L'Ouest-Éclair reports the blessing in Fécamp of the André-Pierre trawler (52 m, 553 tons), owned by Acher-Duhamel & Gournay.
Ivan Sache, 26 September 2010
The Yearbook of the Central Committee of France Shipowners (1922) shows the house flag of Acher-Duhamel & Gournay as white with a blue descending diagonal stripe charged with three white stars and the blue letters "A.D.G." placed horizontally in the lower hoist.
Dominique Cureau, 26 September 2010