The end of an old schooner -and an era?
NOT a Favourite thing. Just information.
Visitors making a return trip to to Auray will notice the absence from St Goustan Harbour of the restored schooner/ museum.
This early 20th century vessel had become an iconic feature of the harbour, its blue painted hull visible not only in situ along the quay, but featured on many local picture postcards.
If you can still get hold of one it may be your only chance to see the old girl in future.
It was necessary to move her in May 2009 because of the major restoration works on Quay Franklin. The move went wrong, at low tide she tipped and holed. Attempts to upright her failed and more damage occured.
Some people blame the owner and accuse him of failing to properly maintain a money making asset. Others the local council for not exercising proper controls.
Attempts are being made to form a local Save La Goélette Society though the enormous costs of restoration and refurbishment appear prohibitive.
Meanwhile the story unfolds in the local press....
But lots ot boys - of all ages - will miss their chance to step aboard on future visits to the Harbour of St Goustan.
It seems a sad end to a lovingly, restored old vessel.