Cimetière des Navires de Landévennec

Abandoned navy ships

Jun 22, 2015 | Urban

Cimetière des Navires de Landévennec

7 O’Clock, rise and shine! It’s time to visit some cool ships.

At least half an hour of paddling until we reached our destination, a massive bow of a ship rose in front of us.
We picked the largest ship to our delight, a huge military French frigate anchored at the bay for years. Covered in rust and bird poop awaiting their sad death after being dismantled at the shipyard at any time.

When was the question, we could never imagine to do an explore like this and find no ships at all. But not a worry, they were all there at the spot where we expected them to be. Waiting for us to get aboard and take a look inside their massive bellies with military stuff still inside and untouched. And so we continued this exciting explore, while we moored our canoe in between two parallel laying ships we took advantage of a hanging rope and got easy access.

Then it was just a matter of time that we could spend looking around and taking pictures, sucking up every little detail of those awesome frigates, there were three of them moored next to each other and connected by a small bridge. So it was very easy to move from one to another.
At our arrival we already knew that there were a lot of birds breeding and nesting on those abandoned ships, you could hear and see them from far away. The smell got more intense, but we didn’t care. We had only a fear of being caught or paying a huge fine in the worst case.

An Aviso, originally a kind of dispatch boat or “advice boat”

French World War I avisos, also used during World War II, had a displacement of about 300 to 700 tonnes and speeds of 13 up to 20 knots. The main armaments consisted usually of two 100 mm guns, two 138 mm guns or four 100 mm guns.

These ships were mainly used as offshore patrol ships. The term aviso is now used to include combat-capable ships larger than patrol boats, but smaller than corvettes. They typically have roles in anti-submarine warfare and coastal defence. In NATO classification they are usually recognised as corvettes.

A word about the meander and the river

The ship graveyard is located near Landévennec at the last meander of the river Aulne that wraps around the Île de Térénez (islet of Térénez). Landévennec is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France.

Shortly before entering the roadstead of Brest, the river Aulne forms a bend around the Île de Térénez then the pointe de Pen Forn near Landévennec, where there is 10 metres depth of water regardless of the tide.

Our Experience ~ May 2015

We’re slowly entering the bridge deck of the large frigate and we’re heavily amused by this awesome but frightening explore of ships of naval property. Although we’re a bit unaware of being caught today, so we don’t rush and take our time to make cool pictures.

» Written by Alan who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on June 22, 2015