Kerhervy... Boats also have a cemetery

At the bottom of the mouth of the Blavet, at the foot of Locguénolé Castle, a nostalgic and magical place, a place of peace and rest... in Kerhervy, the boats went to bed to die...

Tuna boats, trawlers....

It seems that the first boats driven there to disappear gradually were deposited in the 1920s in this Kerhervy boat cemetery, located in the town of Lanester, near Lorient. Groix was then the first French tuna port, and this is where the boats came to begin their long retreat.

In 1943, the wrecks located in Larmor-Kernével joined them at the request of the Germans who were building the Lorient submarine base and wanted to ensure free access.

Boats without fathers...

We can also say that some boats are still waiting for their father there. As we put our children in safety when we leave for a dangerous destination, some of the fishing bosses of the tuna boats in Groix hid their boats there during the war to prevent the Germans from requisitioning them while they were at the front.

But, after the war, some tuna boats stayed there, either because they had been seriously damaged by the bombardments or because their father had never returned...

« L’ouragan »

« L’ouragan », a small 14-metre wooden fishing trawler, was the last trawler to come and sleep in Kerhervy (2001).

Now, standards, circulars and regulations have banned this practice, and it is now on land that fishermen are witnessing the destruction of their old boats with mechanical devices.... progress, no doubt...

Anything else....

Let us not forget that the Kerhervy cemetery also houses an open-air theatre where a renowned theatre festival is held every year!


Office de tourisme de Lanester
Quai de Rohan
56100 Lorient
Tel : 02 97 84 78 00


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Cimetières de bateaux

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