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Troop ship Oregon

Troop ship Oregon

The French troop ship and hospital ship Oregon seen here entering the port of Algiers in 1954, carrying French Foreign Legion troops from Marseilles.

Oregon belonged to a series of 4 combined twin-screw passenger/cargo ships, built by the German wharf Bremer Vulcan at Bremen-Vegesack as a World Wa

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Hello kgvm,

according to the French site French Lines, Oregon "in 1940 sought refuge in Marseille". I assumed, the ship successfully reached a still non-occupied port when France surrendered on 22 June 1940. But, of course, Oregon could have been at Marseille in 1940 considerably later in that year.

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Hello,
The Orégon was one f the four freigthers fixed int US harbours the june 25, 1940. This four ships were sent to Liverpool for the repatriation of the soldiers and sailors in France. She sailed from Liverpool to Gibraltar December 15, 1940 with 442 passengers. She sailed from Gibraltar with 117 other sailors of the freigther Charles Plumier and three trawlers captured at sea by the Royal Navy . She is in Marseille the 25 December.

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Alain
 

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Thanks for these informations.
But one sentence might be misleading: "The Orégon was one f the four freigthers fixed int US harbours the june 25, 1940".
There were more French freighters in US-ports at the time of the armistice, but "Orégon" was one of four which were liberated for use as transport for French soldiers and sailors wishing to leave Great Britain for France.
 

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