26 February 1916

La Provence, 1911 by Antonio Jacobsen. Image in public domain.

La Provence, 1911 by Antonio Jacobsen. Image in public domain.

There was no lamentation, and there was no panic, though the ship was sinking rapidly and the boilers exploding. Captain Vesco remained on the bridge, calmly giving orders, and finally cried, “Adieu, mes enfants.” The men clustered on the foredeck, and replied, “Vive la France.” Then the Provence made a sudden plunge, and the foredeck rose perpendicularly above the water.

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