The Merchant Navy Palace included a large number of ships in reduction, scientific toys, luxurious, which evoked the sea, the great journeys on board these floating salons that are the great modern transatlantic ships and whose stopovers and terms of travel are the names of strange cities, luminous, full of perfumes: Tunis, Beirut, Aden, Singapore.
The Forges et chantiers de la Méditerranée, the Chantiers et ateliers de St-Nazaire, the Chantiers de Provence, the Compagnie générale transatlantique, the Compagnie de messageries maritimes, the Société de Navigation Sud-Atlantique, exhibited the most recent models of the great liners which, leaving from French ports, sail all the seas of the world, as well as special boats assigned to fishing, dredging, etc.
Alongside these miniature ships, which were the stuff of dreams for adventurous people and children, were life-saving devices, lighthouses, diving equipment, etc.
Finally, the exhibits of the Compagnie universelle du Canal maritime de Suez and of the major French ports, as well as the charts from the Bureau Veritas, the Ligue Maritime Française, etc., added a documentary note to the picturesque aspect of the pavilion.
The pavilion had been built and installed under the direction of M. de Monzie, deputy and under-secretary of state for the Merchant Navy, whose brilliant role at the 1905 Liège Exhibition we had the opportunity to recall in a previous publication.
M. de Monzie had delegated to Ghent a man who, in Liege where he was then consul, was the skilful and devoted organiser of the colonial participation. Promoted since then to the important position of Consul General of France in Antwerp, Mr. Crozier assumed in Ghent, in addition to the above-mentioned functions, those of Commissioner of the Colonies.
©Livre d'Or de l'Exposition Universelle & Internationale de Gand 1913