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House flag of Émile Houduce - Image by Ivan Sache, 4 October 2010
Émile Houduce, a shipowner from Saint-Malo, was involved in the "grand fishing" of cod on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. In 1905, he set up
in Saint-Pierrre-et-Miquelon the Société Morue Française et Sécheries
de Fécamp, mostly known as La Morue Française (The French Cod) company, in partnership with the Sécheries de Morue de Port-de-Bouc (Marseilles) and Saint Martin Légasse & Cie (Bayonne).
Émile Houduce was listed in 1933 as the owner of the Notre-Dame-de-Bizaux.
In the early 1930s, La Morue Française ordered four trawlers from the Cox & Co. shipyard in Falmouth. Among them, the Président-Houduce was involved in the Newfoundland fishing campaigns from 1930 to 1939. Requisitioned when the Second World War broke out, the Président-Houduce sailed to Gibraltar, where it was incorporated on 27 June 1940 into the fleet just created by Admiral Muselier, subsequently known as the Free French Naval Forces. After having transported several volunteers to England, the Président-Houduce, armed as an auxiliary patrol boat, was part on 10 September 1940 of the failed raid against the French fleet in Dakar; later on, she escorted several ship convoys along the African coasts. In June 1944, the decommissioned Président-Houduce was reotroceded to the Compagnie Générale de Grande Pêche, that had succeeded La Morue Française, and sailed back to Newfoundland. On 14 September 1949, the ship evacuated the members of Paul-Émile Victor's polar expedition from Greenland to Newfoundland. Sold in 1951, the Président-Houduce sailed under different names and house flags until scraped in 1985.
Source: Association Fécamp-Terre-Neuve website
Ivan Sache, 4 October 2010
Lloyd's book of house flags and funnels of the principal steamship lines of the world and the house flags of various lines of sailing vessels, published at Lloyd's Royal Exchange. London. E.C. (1912) [llo12], also available online thanks to the Mystic Seaport Foundation, shows the house flag of Émile Houduce (No. 2100) as white with a red border and, in the middle, a French flag attached to a black staff.
Ivan Sache, 4 October 2010
Lloyd's book of house flags and funnels of the principal steamship lines of the world and the house flags of various lines of sailing vessels, published at Lloyd's Royal Exchange. London. E.C. (1912) [llo12], also available online thanks to the Mystic Seaport Foundation, shows the house flag of Société Anonyme La Morue Française as horizontally divided red-white-blue with a blue cod (in French, morue) swimming in the white stripe.
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2004