The French liner “La Savoie” makes the crossing between the United States and France. She arrives into Le Havre on August 5th, 1914 and the nationals of the central Powers on board are arrested and interned. About sixty of them spend a few weeks or a few months in Ile Longue between 1918 and 1919.
Between the 7th and August 24th, 1914, in Le Havre, then in Cherbourg, “La Savoie” is armed “for war": A cannon is installed, and her unchanged crew, takes the military status.
On August 24th, the auxiliary cruiser “La Savoie” sails and joins the line of blockade, in the Channel. September 1st, she intercepts the “Nieuw-Amsterdam” and escorts her capture to Brest.
She is then used for transportation of troops, mainly in the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea. Removed from service May 28th, 1917, she is sold for demolition in 1927.
Historical department) of defense (navy), quote SSGn 50, SSYa 093, SSy 460.
Jean-Michel Roche, “Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française, de Colbert à nos jours” 2005. (“Dictionary of the French war fleet, from Colbert to our days”, 2005).