Saturday, 25 July 2020

The Fleet at Bourcefranc-le-Chapus


Bourcefranc-le-Chapus harbour. Charente-Maritime. France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.

While we were in the Charente-Maritime we did a bit of random driving around to see what we could see. At one point we got to a point where we couldn't get any further by road, and parked at the harbour of Bourcefranc-le-Chapus. We really didn't expect to see what appeared to be an invasion flotilla leaving the harbour and motoring out to sea. The effect of all these oyster barges heading out together was quite startling. We assume we must have hit the harbour just at the right moment of the tide, and they were going out to tend the oysterbeds in the shallow waters just offshore. Previously unknown to us, it is the largest oyster port in the Marennes basin, and it's an ideal jumping off point for the Ile d'Oleron and other coastal destinations around the bay if you want to go by boat.

Oyster boat, Bourcefranc-le-Chapus. Charente-Maritime. France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.

Oyster boat fleet leaves Bourcefranc-le-Chapus harbour. Charente-Maritime. France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.

Oyster boats leaving harbour, Bourcefranc-le-Chapus. Charente-Maritime. France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.


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