Photo #: NH 46885 (complete caption)
U.S., British and French warships at Villefranche, France, 1879.
Photographed during 1-16 October 1879.
Ships present include (in the left background, left to right): French aviso Desaix, USS Quinnebaug, French aviso Bisson, USS Enterprise and British battleship Sultan (with two light-colored smokestacks).
The French battleship Couronne is in the center distance, and the French battleship Richelieu is in the center, closer to the camera.
The two ships in the foreground, that in the right center distance and that at the far right, are the four French battleships Guyenne, Magnamine, Revanche and Gauloise (all sister ships, listed in no particular order).
All but one of the French ships were units of the "Escadre d'Evolutions". Bisson belonged to the "Station du Levant". Enterprise and Quinnebaug were part of the U.S. European Squadron. Sultan was en route home at the end of a commission in the British Mediterranean Fleet.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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3 December 2004