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Emeraude Classic Cruises on 3Sixty Travel

  1. 1. AIRASIA INFLIGHT MAGAZINETRAVEL 3SIXTY°58MAY 2012 Heart of Sichuan HIGH ON Hanoi DEGE SAILING INTO THE PASTAIRASIA INFLIGHT MAGAZINE Hit List EATING ASIA IT’S Thailand SURAT THANI PLAY PP15075/07/2012(029856) T Touchdown JAKARTA TIME! www.airasia.com/travel360 05 2012 HELP S SAVE THE EARTH. READ THE MAGAZINE STEALING ME!! AZINE ONLINE AND STOP TOP . www.airasia.com/travel360 irasi e
  2. 2. 05 FEATURE • Vietnam2012 www.airasia.com/travel360 R omancingthe meraude E
  3. 3. The Emeraude was an elegant paddle wheeler that doubled as cargo andcruise vessel in early 1900s. Owned by one Paul Roque, the Emeraudeplied the Ha Long Bay area and was one of the very few ships there thathad electricity, ventilation and even refrigeration. In 1937, the Emeraudecollided with a submerged rock and sank into the ocean, never to befound again. Old photographs of the original Emeraude in its heydaycapture the romance of a bygone era and provide an insight into the eraand an understanding of the port and how its dwellers lived in the past. Years later, a replica of the Emeraude plies the same waterways of HaLong Bay, bringing travellers up close and personal with the renownedkarst formations of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Jacques Le Fur, the current captain of the new Emeraude, talks aboutthe history of the place and the steamer in this pictorial based on a set ofimages taken by Rene Masse. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The Emeraude leaving the dock in Hai Phong; Bank of Indochina counter in Hai Phong; coolies pull rickshaws toward Hai Phong dock, with the Emeraude in the background. TRAVEL 3SIXTY˚ 97
  4. 4. “Every now and then in my job as captain of the Emeraude, I come across a passenger carrying some link to our vessel’s history.  When I met one Stephane Masse, who had called us about a set of photographs he’d just inherited from his grandfather, I expected to find one or two new things we could add to the Emeraude’s story. As it turned out, Stephane had enough links to form a chain of memories that went back a whole century.  The photos Stephane showed us were taken by his grandfather, Rene Masse, who was one of four children born into the Masse family in Hai Phong in the early 1900s. At the age of 16, Rene took a job with the local electric company.  From the images and what his grandson told us, we figured out that as a young man, Rene’s hobbies included hunting deer, joining the city’s social dances, and apparently, photography. Rene’s camera captured the Hai Phong of another era, just as the town hit itsABOVE: A boatload of French tourists on excursion in Ha Long Bay. stride as an international port.TOP: One of many piers in Hai Phong Harbour.OPPOSITE: Paddleboat returning to the Saphir on Ha Long Bay. There were images of local daily life with coolies waiting on docks and villagers pulling rickshaws down the city’s newly-paved streets. Scattered between these TRAVEL 3SIXTY˚ 99
  5. 5. ABOVE: Office workers attend their company’s hanami party along Honkawa River, Hiroshima City. CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: French tourists sail into the secret passage of Hai Tac (pirates) Bay; Rene Masse’s sister, Andree Masse, relaxing on board the Emeraude just after its launch in 1926; the Emeraude and its sister steamer, the Saphir, moored at Hai Phong port.100 TRAVEL 3SIXTY˚
  6. 6. black and white snapshots was the familiar bow of our Phong and Ha Long Bay. An excursion on the ABOVE: A coolie waits vessel’s namesake, the original Emeraude.   Emeraude was, very simply, the epitome of luxury on the dock at the Hai Phong Harbour. I remember being struck by how, even then, the travel in the colony. Emeraude appeared pristine and elegant in each The Emeraude that operates now is a replica of the original steamer. photo. Whether in the dingiest surroundings, or floating www.emeraude-cruises.com serenely on the bay, she looks every bit as romantic and GETTING THERE AirAsia flies daily to Hanoi from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. inspirational as the replica I steer today.  Go to www.airasia.com for details. Rene Masse’s photographs interested me on many levels. For me as a sailor, they brought to life what seafaring life must have been like in Vietnam of the Do you have photographs of 1920s. As captain of the Emeraude, they gave me a yourself with old heritage buildings fuller understanding of the vessel’s story.  from your town/city in the background? Share with us what the building is and These pictures show beyond a doubt what the why it is special. Send your photos to original Emeraude represented to the people of Hai www.facebook.com/travel3sixty102 TRAVEL 3SIXTY˚

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