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1939-45 An interesting RANR officer's commissioning certificate with connection to the French Merchant ship Pierre Loti who was taken over by Free French force in 1940. Commission certificate to Allan Creswell Keating Esq. to be a Engineering Lieutenant (Temp) in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve. Dated 14/9/40. together with a rare original tally band 'Pierre Loti' (almost in mint condition) stuck to a 'Messageris Maritimes' (Merchant Shipping Company) official letter head, with a hand written message addressed to Mr Keating. 'From Pierre Loti Oct 17 1940' - From & signed by the Chief Officer, Chief engineer, Purser & the ships doctor. The 'Pierre Loti' Built 1913- Ex-Russian Emperor Nicholas I, purchased by Messageries Maritimes in 1921 & renamed Pierre Loti, Seized by the Free French in 1940, grounded on operations in the Gabon estuary 1943. VGCAVAILABLE at A$150