Entente cordiale in Portsmouth as French president says ‘bonjour’

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I have been researching an interesting story about a visit by French president Raymond Poincaré and came upon an anomaly. In a newspaper of the time it says: ‘President Poincaré arrived in the French dreadnought Corbet.’

On researching this ship I found out the first in line with the name was scrapped in 1910 and the second was not commissioned until November 1913. Odd. Anyone know any more?

Poincaré arrived at the dockyard’s South Railway Jetty on June 24, 1913, a moment captured in this photograph.

He was met by a youthful 19-year-old Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII) after a tumultuous arrival in the Solent. He was greeted with a 21-gun salute from dozens of ships in the Solent. Even HMS Victory fired a salute as the president passed in his liberty boat, a yacht which brought him from the ship to the jetty.