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The Boat Museum occupies two sites: the port museum and the museum. The port museum is located in the ria du Port-Rhu. Here, there are no scale models; these are life-size boats docked at the port: the Notre-Dame de Rocamadour, a Mauritanian lobster boat acquired by the museum in 1990 by donation, the Northdown, a barge of the Tamise which was used for trade and frigate, the Anna Rosa, a Norwegian coaster built between 1892-93 in the fjord of Hardanger, the Dieu Protège (God Protects), a sandpit barge used for 35 years for the extraction and transport of sand, and Saint-Denys, a steam-powered tug boat measuring 90 ft in length and 25 ft in width. This array of boats enables you to compare the different maritime techniques, but also to better understand the building techniques.
The second part of the museum is located in a former canning plant and houses a collection of traditional fishing boats: curraghs from Ireland, Inuit kayaks, monoxyle pirogues from Guinea-Bissau and coracles from Wales.
On leaving the museum, you will be unbeatable when it comes to knowledge of maritime construction and history!
Douarnenez Boat Museum
Place de l'Enfer 29100 Douarnenez. Tel.: +33 (0)2-98-92-65-20