There’s an unusual ship tied up down the street. A little snooping reveals that it is the BEM Monge, a French naval vessel. It’s a missile tracking ship, or as the French consulate in Boston had it, a “measure and test ship.” (Hmm, sort of smacks of nuke tests in the Pacific.) The commander, at least of a year ago, sports this moniker: Capitaine de Vaisseau Frédéric de Mauduit du Plessis.
On the helicopter landing pad astern, there are two doors. Over the port door, it says Honneur, and over the starboard door, Patrie. Lady or the tiger? Hell, if she’s French, choose the lady!