The Normandy Shipyards (Chantiers Navals de Normandie) are located at the bottom of the level basin of the merchant port of Fecamp, on the Alabaster Coast, in the department of Seine-Maritime. Their story begins a little before the great saga of deep-sea cod fishing on the banks of Newfoundland, in Canadian waters, in the last century. (version française ici)
The end of this great epic will mark the end of these shipyards. More details below the following slide show.
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Les Chantiers Navals de Normandie, Fecamp, Normandy, France
The Normandy Shipyards were born on March 1, 1928 by the will of two naval architects : Charles CHANTELOT and Henri LEMAISTRE.
The Chantiers Navals de Normandie built a number of pilot boats, lifeboats, yachts, motor boats and… cod fishers in the heyday of cod fishing on the banks of Newfoundland.
To see in pictures the boats and ships still sailing, I recommend the following pages from the website Chantiers Navals de Normandie. On the right of the page you will find the color links (the names of the boats) to the boats and their images, including those of their restoration for some.
The site closed its doors permanently in 1965.
Source: Dundee Independant
Attempt to relaunch the shipyard in 2011
En 2011, the Parisian naval architecture firm LEBEFAUDE attempted to relaunch this shipyard by betting, among other things, but reasonably, on the expected greening and strengthening of the river fleet in the Seine Valley, but not only. Unfortunately the share of road in land transport in France still happily exceeds 80%, the commitments of the COP21 as the billion-dollar plans of the last 30 years of our dear politicians do not change anything in this state of affairs.
This attempt to relaunch this site ended in 2018 in judicial liquidation.
Source: Dundée Indépendant
Between the early 2000s and today, the aesthetics of the site have changed dramatically, but the basics are still there: the three platforms and the main slipway.
But for how long ?
The Chantiers Navals site still in a state of being relaunched
Since 2013 and the demolition of part of the buildings by the Chamber of Commerce of Bolbec-Fecamp (now disappeared and replaced by that of Fecamp-Port-Jerome-sur-Seine), only an association for the defense of the local maritime heritage and the relative benevolence of the cultural services of the City of Fecamp allow this site to exist in a form that allows a new start. Only the candidates and the financial means are missing. It is probably from the Union of Goodwill that the saving project will emerge which will succeed in saving a piece of history of this ancient Viking capital (911-1202). It would be a shame if the only local vestige of this part of history is the frame of the Gothic room from the Palais de la Bénédictine…
When will happen a "Back to the Future" in the maritime industry ?
Some links to manufacturers of wooden boats and an article on a hypothetical but possible return to Humanity's sanity about saving the only habitable planet we have within human lifespan of transportation…
Owner’s manual to build a Viking ship.
In Syria, on an island, wooden ships have been built since the Phoenician era !
One of the world's largest marine vehicle carriers is embarking on a "return to sailing".
Now if you hear any snickering or coughing you can always finish them off by getting them to read the "chef's special" !
Who to contact in case of interest by this relaunch of the ship building activity ?
Depending on the nature of your interest :
The Association which manages the project to relaunch the Chantiers Navals de Normandie by building a dundee:
The Fecamp Chamber of Commerce which manages the commercial port by Delegation of the Department of Seine-Maritime :
8, rue Bailly,
76403 Fecamp Cedex
Phone. : +33 810 00 35 10 ‐ Fax: +33 2 35 29 94 60
The operational management of the merchant port :
Mr Patrick CHEVREL
46 boulevard de la République
Phone : +33 2 35 28 09 36
Fax: +33 2 35 10 01 45
The Fecamp harbour master : (nautical conditions only)
Bureau du port Berigny, 76400 Fecamp
Phone : +33 2 35 28 25 53 ‐ Fax: +33 2 35 28 25 53
(online since March 24, 2021)