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The heraldic device of the city of Paris is a ship. As Sauval says. “L'ile de la cité est faite comme un grand navire enfoncé dans la vase, et échoué au fil de l'eau vers le milieu de la Seine. ” This form of a ship struck the heraldic scribes, who in the latter part of the Middle Ages emblazoned a ship on the shield of Paris.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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