Journée port ouvert à La Pallice#1

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Je mets en ligne un simple cliché de l’ancienne base de sous-marins de La Pallice. Il fut pris le 14 juin 2015 dans le cadre de la journée annuelle « port ouvert ». A la fois pour une question de … Lire la suite

Échange avec un journaliste autour des U-Bunkers

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Bonjour, Je partage l’article écrit par Thierry Hameau journaliste à Ouest-France. Cet article se présente sous la forme d’une interview, mais il s’agit bien entendu d’une synthèse de notre échange téléphonique. Bases sous-marines : des destins bien différents © Ouest … Lire la suite

Deux ans de cybercarnet déjà – Already two years of blogging

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Happy New 2014 Year

… et nous vous disons à très bientôt – we will see you soon.

Photos de la visite du Grand Port de La Pallice

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Bonjour à toutes et à tous,

De retour pour, enfin, partager les clichés des participants lors de la visite du Grand Port de La Rochelle – Pallice. Je l’avais organisé, conjointement avec la Direction de la Communication du Port, pour les chanceux bénéficiaires d’un centre de vacances. La visite s’est donc déroulée à la fin du mois d’août dernier. Si les clichés ne sont pas d’une très bonne qualité, ce n’est ni la faute des photographes ni celle de leurs appareils; la raison est qu’ils furent tous pris au travers des vitres d’un car.

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Comme vous pouvez le constater nous avons visité aussi, en après-midi, le Bunker de La Rochelle. On était très nombreux dans ce blockhaus souterrain.

Ps: Désolé à tous mes amis Linuxiens, je n’ai pas trouvé un autre type de galerie que Flikr…(

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Hello,

I’m finally back to share some pictures taken by the Grand Harbour La Rochelle – Pallice visit participants’. I’ve organized this tour with the Direction of the Communication for the lucky people who were spending their holiday in the Charente-Maritime department. If the pictures are not so good, it isn’t the fault of the photographers nor the cameras, the reason is that, most of the pictures, have been shot throughout the windows of a bus.

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The La Pallice U-Boat Bunker – Le U-Bunker de La Pallice.

Prochainement : des informations sur la prochaine balade historique autour des Bassins à flot de Bordeaux – Bacalan.

The St-Nazaire cranes: « porque se van »

Dead links deleted the 27.11.16. See directly the photo page please.

Here is some news from the two cranes of the St-Nazaire tidal basin thanks to this article, extracted from the well-known Ouest-France newspaper published the 23rd of march 2012.

Out of order since years, the “Quai du Commerce’s” cranes have been dismantled. A question of security.

The two cranes which proudly raised on the trade-dock, alongside the St-Nazaire Basin, have disappeared from the panorama. Four days have been needed to the enterprise “Séjourné” to tear down the cranes #65 and #66. The materials have been rescued and everything which is recyclable will be. These machines were exploited when the basin was a harbor, but since 10 years “they were no more used for the loading and the unloading of the merchant ships”, assured Gerard Etienne, Maintenance and Operations Director of the Port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire. “During some years, they have served for the crane driver’s training. But since five years, they are out of order”.

Without any maintain, the cranes have deteriorated themselves and became very dangerous to the port users and the strollers, especially while the festive events. « In a worry to insure the safety and because we don’t want to cancel the public access at the place, the decision has been taken to dismantle these ».

This article has been sent us by the President of the “Association Les 7 soleils” from St-Nazaire. This is a very active association which deals with the “passage of Tintin, Snowy and Captain Haddock in St-Nazaire”. Indeed, you should remember that in The Seven Crystal Balls where the three characters are going to search for the Cuthbert Calculus in St-Nazaire, then in La Rochelle and finally to South America in Perou (in the following comic book: Tintin and the Temple of the Sun). But we may wonder: what is the link through the first tidal basin’s cranes and the Hergé comic book?

In fact, one of these cranes on wheels located on the “Commerce dock” between the U-Boat Bunker and the cold store, are shown in at the page 58 of the comic book The Seven Crystal Balls. We now understand the sadness reaction of the Tintin’s fans, that we can read throughout this following article:

A feel a bit blue on the Saint-Nazaire harbor’s docks, after the disappearance of the two cranes. Filip, a 51′ old docker resident in “Le Petit Maroc1”, still remembers that “I began working on these cranes in 1982. This was our work instrument. We feel that a “Petit Maroc” patrimony is going away.” Jeannot a 47′ old docker also, admit that “it hurts the heart. I began working on these cranes at the age of 18′.” Filip adding that: “ Now we can erase the cranes on the Tintin’s signs”.

Jean-Claude Chemin, President of the Association Les 7 soleils (who was at the initiative to the installation of the Tintin’s signs), is also very sadden: “We have proposed this place, “Quai du Commerce”, to place the 6th fresco lining the Tintin’s, Haddock and Snowy passage at St-Nazaire; because the crane drawn by Hergé was similar to the one moving on the dock. As we says in the film industry we were in the continuity. Anyway, I’m terrified in giving the news to the Captain Haddock. I have bad feeling that he feels inconsolable.” According to Stéphane, the “Bar de la Marine” owner: “The cranes belonged to the patrimony of the harbor but we have to admit that they were not used anymore.

This is a translation of the local newspaper article: “Sale coup pour le Capitaine Haddock – Bad trick for the Captain Haddock”, published the 23rd of March 2012.

An other information about the passage of TIntin in St-Nazaire (44, France). Dead link.

1A neighborhood on the Port of St-Nazaire.