Old ships that plied between Alger and Marseilles are being converted at the Brest naval dockyards into future floating bases in the pacific oceans.
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Background: Old ships that plied between Alger and Marseilles are being converted at the Brest naval dockyards into future floating bases in the pacific oceans.
SS EL MAN SOUR NOW "MAINE"
SHIPS FOR FRENCH ATOMIC TESTS"
Two old passenger and mail steamers of the Algeria-France line now in the process of being converted in the Brest dockyard. They are El Man Sour and the SS Sidi-Ferruca" that have been purchase by the French Navy and re-christened SS"Maine" and "Medoc" respectively.
Both ships will be altogether re-mate internally. They will become floating bases in due course on board of which staffs from the Centre of Atomic experimentation in the Pacific. It is expected that their conversion as such will be completed in a year's time. Both ships will be used then as hotels, as laboratories and as research departments. They will get under way probably at the beginning of 1965 for the atholls of South Pacific.