"Dominique" from the cruiser-school Jeanne d'Arc © Musée national de la Marine / A. Fux
"Dominique" from the cruiser-school Jeanne d'Arc. To 1930?
Wood and brass. H. 0,30; L.0,49; P. 0,35.
Gift of Mr. Lucien Fournier. Inv. 2012.106.1
This object, discarded at the time of disarming of the cruiser-school Jeanne d'Arc, in 1964, was saved by M. Fournier, then commissioner of the Navy in Brest, in charge of supervising aboard the stop of the accounting department. At the end of the nineteenth century, Dominica was a box used for the transport of funds: salaries of crews, cash for suppliers, currencies used abroad. Where does that name come from? No certainty but a hypothesis, namely that such chests were made by craftsmen of the Caribbean island of Dominica and sold to passing sailors.
According to the donor, Dominica was no longer in use when he made his application cruise on the school ship in 1953-54. This type of object, which had become "mythical", was then evoked before him: he himself used sacks to collect the money from the pay. It is probable that this cassette was used rather in the first years of activity of Joan of Arc, the latter having been admitted to active service in 1931.