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On March 23rd 1966 the Republic of Niger commemorated World Meteorological Day by the issue of a splendid ship stamp showing a weather ship, either the France I or France II, sister ships built in 1959 by the Societe des Forges et Chantiers de la Mediteranee, Havre for the Meteorological Department of the French Government.
Gross tonnage of both vessels is 1,886, net 389 and deadweight 650 tons. Overall length is 250 ft. 8 ins.,
beam 41 ft. 3 ins., and depth 23 ft. 6 ins, and each ship has three 8-cylinder oil engines connected to two electric motors and screw shafts, giving a speed of 143/4 knots.
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