Brittany late September 2012





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      BRETAGNE blocking the No. 2 ramp at Saint Malo on September ..  The ship

  had arrived at the port on Friday 21 September at which time Brittany Ferries   halted their services due to industrial action by crews. The vessel remained   blocking the ramp until October 2, which resulted in CONDOR RAPIDE having   to use the No. 1 ramp which only allowed one of her stern ramps to be used.  And   COMMODORE GOODWILL having to enter the basin system and use the ramp   in the Basin Jacques Cartier.                                                           0475W  181K








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     BELUNE is a ro/ro barge which plies round the islands and crossings in the     Golfe du Morbihan.                                                                                         0482w  203k  






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    RHUYS appeared not to have been in service this summer. She is the last of the    single screw wooden vedettes built in the 1970’s.                                       0494w  183k





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    High water at Conlea                   0505w  186k       






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    The harbour front at Auray the area which as been re-levelled and the cobbles all   re-set during the past winter.                     0512w  263k  






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    Water taxi TREH-SIMON which operates across from Etel to Magouer.

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    This simple attractive monument stands close to the old lifeboat house at Étel.

  

     With nine names, and a picture of a lifeboat together with the date of 3rd October    1958,   would at first glance indicate the loss of the craft  and her nine crew on    that day,   but that is not the case.

  Étel is notorious for the heavy seas which develope on  the sand bar at the     entrance during bad weather, resulting in the port being closed to shipping.

  Because of this Dr. Alain Bombard who had crossed the Atlantic in an inflatable   dinghy in 1952 and was championing the use of inflatable dinghies for rescue     work chose the port to test such a craft.

     With the Authorities present to witness the trial, and with rescue craft on hand,      and with hugh waves breaking on the bar, the inflatable craft was launched with     Bombard and six others climbing aboard. On the second run the craft overturned     throwing all into the water, and as the  lifeboat  VICE AMIRAL SCHWERER II     closed in to pick them up, a rope became entangled in one of its propellers, and   having lost steerage, it broached and capsized. Of the seven crew, five lost their

  lives, including the lifeboat coxswain Emile Daniel, while of the seven aboard the   inflatable dinghy, four were lost.

  Although deeply affected by the disaster, Dr Bombard continued to promote the     use of inflatable craft, and today’s fast lifeboats, life rafts and yacht tenders owe     much to his work.. A company bearing  his name is still involved in the production     of life rafts, tenders and related craft.    

 

      The lifeboat VICE AMIRAL SCHWERER II had only been on the Étel station       from May that year (1958) having from 1938 been at St. Servan and later Saint       Malo as POURQUOI PAS being replaced at the latter in 1956, before undergoing        a major refurbishment at Fecamp in 1957.  


 



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The replacement lifeboat was named PATRON EMILE DANIEL in his honour. The craft was

due to be replaced in the spring of 2004, but on 8 September 2003 she hit an obstacle as she crossed the bar and was nearly lost. Salvaged, she was repaired, and has remained in Étel since. She celebrated her Jubilee in June 2012.

The vessel is seen on an “Open Day” on 18th April 2010.


  

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     TAILLEFER 3 seen here at Quiberon. The vessel was built in three sections in     2004 by Merre a Nort sur Erdre and then taken to Saint Nazaire where the      sections were joined together.                                                                       0530w  161k








                                   Seen at PORT-HALGUEN





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    ROI GRADLON Seen here at the small base in the port, the vessel is operated

  by the lighthouse authority at Lorient. She still uses her two derricks for buoy   work and would to have about of about seven or eight.                       0538w  224k






 



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   Built in 1948, one wonders how long she can survive with her methods of working..                                                                                                                      0542w  198k




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     A concrete sinker being placed ashore, with the ship’s winches used to hoist and   slew the derrick.       Note - No hard hats, high visibility jackets to be seen in this   part of the world!                                                                             0548w  283k






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    Fishing for prawns over the back wall of the harbour.                          0549w  182k                            






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    Catamaran DRAVANTEG seen here laid up, also carries a number of cars /     cargo in addition to passengers, and operates to Belle-Ile / Houat / Hoedic as

   required.                                                                                         0552w  177k




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    The former Emeraude Lines vedette BELLE DE DINAN now moored in the Baie   de Landriais, River Rance, where some painting work has been carried out.                                                                                                        0553w  166k






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     Former Saint Malo life-boat POURQUOI - PAS tucked in under the trees at the   bottom of Chantier Naval de la Landriais. She would appear to have been there

  for a number of years and is in very poor condition.                            0555w  361k



  POURQUOI - PAS arrived Saint Malo 18 April 1958, christened on 8 July 1958

   In 1992 after 34 years of service she was replaced by POURQUOI - PAS II,

   SNS 072.





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    A stern view of the vessel showing a triple rudder assembly.                0556w  263k






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