You will find this ship on certain public buildings, on fountains, and on the water reservoirs. You will find it protected by a lion on the fountain in front of St Sulpice and in many other unexpected places. The desire of everyone to stand at and upon the very center of France, has rubbed the outlines of the ship, so that it is not very clear. But you will easily recognize it as the same type of caravel as the one which Columbus piloted towards us, with such surprising results.
The ship of Paris was, originally, the coat-of-arms of the Drapers’ Corporation, which was the most powerful of all the guilds for centuries. The Mercers had a coat-of-arms with three ships, the Grocers one with two ships for all three of these trade-guilds were importers. But the Drapers carried the day then as they do now.