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BRETAGNE: Refit 2016

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Not quite sure what this is about now! I have travelled on both Bretagne and Val de Loire and they were both excellent ships to sail on with their own distinctive characters. I would rate either of them over Pont Aven although she is by no means a bad ship at all in herself. However a lot is certainly down to personal preference. I think the older ships have a certain 'depth and richness' which the modern vessels lack despite having better facilities in many ways.

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I see Bretagne is taking one of the east-of-Jersey routes on her overnight north-bound sailing tonight. Never seen this before (the east-about route being used overnight).

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I see Bretagne is taking one of the east-of-Jersey routes on her overnight north-bound sailing tonight. Never seen this before (the east-about route being used overnight).

 

 

Yeah Gareth, I noticed that and the track both the Cap' & BDS took too... Normandie was also moving around Ouistreham somewhat?

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Any update on Bretagne in Cherbourg ? Any pictures of her there ?

 

did she actually go into dry dock ?

 

 

 

No Ross & Gareth, 'Bretagne' was never going to drydock or having any refit, big or small. Bretagne only spent time in Cherbourg for required annual maintenance.

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Yes, it was August 1989. Earl Granville nearly sank after holing herself on the reefs at Cherbourg's Eastern entrance. You can get the report into that incident from the MAIB website - one of the first such reports they published after being founded in the wake of Zeebrugge 1987.

 

Edit: Just been re-reading my copy of the report. There was a cross-tide of 8 knots across the entrance at the time of Earl Granville's approach. I know there is often a strong cross-tide across the entrances to Cherbourg, but normally it is around 4 knots, 5 at springs. So this one was unusually strong - and also went along with an unusually low low water, which of course coincided with Earl Granville's arrival.

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