The armada in Rouen’s harbour

 L ‘ armada dans le port de Rouen
The armada in Rouen’s harbour

Il y a quelques années nous étions invités par nos cousins René et Chantal à visiter un grand rassemblement de voiliers formant une armada en provenance de différents pays du monde dans le port de Rouen à l’ embouchure de la Seine. C’ est vraiment impressionnant de contempler cette forêt de mâts et de gréements. Nous essayions d’imaginer à quoi ressemblait la vie des matelots face au vent et à la houle. Nous avions l’image d’un port du passé jusqu’ au XIXème siècle avant l’ utilisationde la vapeur
La vie sur ces bateaux devait être dangereuse mais je me souviens d’un romande Roger Vercel «  Remorques » dans lequel un personnage qui avait connu le temps de la marine à voile regrettait aussi son charme particulier. En tout cas on était loin des choses qu’on appelle bateaux comme les gigantesques porte –conteneurs et même les récents bateaux de croisière

Some years ago we were invited by our cousins ​​Rene and Chantal to visit a large gathering of sail boats called the armada coming from all nations in the world in the port of Rouen at the mouth of the Seine. It is very impressive to contemplate the forest of masts and riggings. We tried to imagine what life was like sailors on these boats to play with the wind and sea swell. We had the image of a port of the past until the nineteenth century before the use of steam..

Life on those boats was dangerous, of course , but I remember a novel by Roger Vercel titled “ Remorques “ ( trailers ) in which a character who had known the time of the sail ships was regretting its charms . In any case we were far at this ancient times from those things we call boats as the gigantic container ships or even the new cruise ships.

Drunken Sailer – Irish Rovers – Chant de marin pour le plaisir. J’ai appris cette chanson à 15 ans, mais je ne suis pas sûr qu’on m’ait tout appris, à cette lointaine époque. !!

Drunken sailer–Irish Rovers  – a wee bit of fun  . I learnt this song at 15, but I am not sure I was taught the all  of it, at this past  time !!

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79 Responses to The armada in Rouen’s harbour

  1. eastgoeseast says:

    Very interesting! When I was young, in 1976, the “Tall Ships” came to Newport harbor in Rhode Island, where I grew up. We had a small boat and went out to see these big sailing ships from all around the world, and it was wonderful. It was fun to see all the different sailors and hear all the different languages.

  2. Wonderful photos Michel, I can only imagine life aboard these ships. I recall an armada of sailing ships came to Miami and we were able to go on board and below deck. It was very exciting! ❤

  3. mrswrangler says:

    Sounds very interesting. Glad to see a post from you my friend.

  4. blb1 says:

    Love the toe tapping music! I saw some tall ships years ago, can’t remember where though. I was taken with how small the quarters were. No tall sailors I guess.

  5. Wonderful post Michel! I remember seeing ships like this for a sailing festival years ago. And one is permanently docked in Baltimore, from our revolutionary war.

  6. That song is fun and makes my feet dance! 😀

    How wonderful that you got to visit those ships! They look so majestic! But, I can’t imagine being on the seas in them for months at a time… 😮 that had to be so rough! Ha, it’s no wonder the sailors got drunk once in awhile! 😉 😛

    (((HUGS))) and ❤ 🙂

  7. calmkate says:

    great photos of the tall ships, it must have been a very challenging lifestyle!

    This merry sailor song brings back many memories, we learnt it school 🙂
    Thanks for the joy …

  8. atagrandma says:

    I first heard the song while I was in college. Later I heard it often as my oldest daughter was involved in Revolutionary War Re-enactments, and they sang and played a lot of those songs. However I didn’t learn all of those verses. I’ve never been on a sailboat, and I don’t remember ever seeing the tall ships. Glad you were able to go and see them.

  9. Zakiah says:

    When I was studying in a Catholic Convent I remember reading about the Spanish Armada. It was a powerful story.
    The photos are amazing and grand Michel.

  10. in says:

    How interesting and cool that such historical vessels are still active and sailing today

  11. murisopsis says:

    Great photos and memories! I was able to see a ship and it was not a comfortable place to live – and people did live on them because it took so long to travel from one place to another. The song made me smile. We learned that song in 3rd grade music class but it was a much sanitized version. I heard it sung once at a reenactment and it was very bawdy!

  12. Lavinia Ross says:

    I remember the Irish Rovers! Thanks for the remembrance to earlier times, dear Michel! Much love to you and the family, ❤
    Lavinia

  13. Caro says:

    C est grandiose, bonne journée ,faites attention à vous par cette chaleur. Je vous embrasse bien fort carole

  14. Rachel says:

    The days pass quietly here. No boats to entertain. Not even a parade to keep us busy. Maybe we should get to one of the Great Lakes for a summer visit?
    I wish you and Janine a beautiful summer. 🌻🐝

  15. Susan Joos says:

    Somehow I lost my comment so I hope this doesn’t post twice. I just marveled at the fact that people actually used those ships and what a wonder! Listed to the video and have never heard anything but the first verse before. I think those sailors were a pretty salty lot! 😉

  16. puffpop says:

    Exciting to see those tall ships. We(human beings0 have traveled on ships for thousands of years..long before trains, planes and automobiles.. We live in an area of many inland lakes and the boats here are mainly pontoon or sail boats. There were large ships on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland…going from Cleveland to Detroit. It was 2015 (or was it 2016) that we went on the wedding cruise from Key West to Central America…Many people here in our neighborhood have boats for just pleasure…nothing like he majestic tall ships that you describe here in your fascinating remembrance. I’m glad you are feeling ok. You are in my prayers for comfort and peace.
    Love,
    votre amie,
    Francoise.

  17. cocosangel says:

    That song did put me in a dancing mood. It is awesome to see the sail boats. Here in Canada, during the summer we have a boat competition, where people make all forms of boats and goes around the Rideau river. It is fun.

  18. maidyk says:

    bonsoir Michel,
    certainement que c’est un spectacle très coloré tout cet enchevêtrement de mats et de gréements … et suis certaine que cela fait rêver. Mais je sais aussi qu’il y a un monde fou et des bousculades chacun veut voir le mieux possible.
    bises et bonne fin de semaine !

  19. Eat Right Chef Louisa says:

    Ce sont impressionantes, Michel. I can recognize one ship that looks Swedish. Is the one on the left in the second row the Göteborg? I hope you had an enjoyable time in Rouen. Warmest summer wishes to you and your family.

  20. judyrutrider says:

    I love how you always manage to think of interesting topics to report. This one reminded me of one of my favorite books, Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., a journal of a young man’s journey up the California coast in 1834. It was fascinating to hear his descriptions of cities I’m familiar with and his trials and tribulations as a sailor.

  21. suester7 says:

    I’ve always been fascinated by ships and wonder how it’s like for sailors centuries ago

  22. What a beautiful experience and fantastic photos!!!!! A sailor’s life is not one I envy!

  23. Anne says:

    Bonjour Michel,
    Je me souviens de cette fête dans le port de Rouen dont tu nous avais ici parlé sur ton blog.
    Espérons que de tels rassemblements puissent très bientôt être à nouveau autorisés !
    Ces marins à l’époque, c’est certain, étaient très courageux, et ceux d’aujourd’hui le sont encore.
    Magnifiques bâtiments intelligemment construits et entretenus !
    Amitiés, AM

  24. bernard25 says:

    Coucou mon Ami MICHEL Quel rassemblement mais là avec le covid Cela ne peux avoir lieu

    Mes pensées à partager avec vous

    Il nous reste une vie malgré le temps qui court
    Il nous reste cette vie pour bien remplir nos jours quel quand soit son parcours
    Il nous reste la vie pour chercher l’ amour ou celle de l’amitié

    C’est vrai que nous cherchons parfois
    A nous raccrocher au passé
    Sans trop savoir pourquoi , surtout sans trop vouloir y penser

    Mais l’on sais bien qu’au fond de soi
    Que le temps coule comme un sablier
    Qu’importe mes Amies Amis il faut le vivre l’instant présent et profiter de nos journées

    Belle Journée ou Bonne fin d’après-midi a toi dans le calme et la douceur
    Bises amicales
    Bernard

  25. I just wanted to stop by with some ❤ , prayers, and (((HUGS))) 🙂
    You and your family have been on my mind and in my heart, Michel.
    🙂

  26. LGail says:

    We saw the tall ships when we were in Charleston South Carolina. I didn’t get good pictures because there was a crowd of people and we could barely see. You got some really nice pictures.

  27. Beautiful ships! What a fun and peppy song! Makes me smile! 🙂 ❤

  28. I find the tall ships very interesting, but never have been able to be where I could actually walk up to them. Life on those ships must have been very hard and dangerous. But they are so beautiful. Love this wonderful post.

  29. Sartenada says:

    Hello Michel.

    What a lovely post. Tall ships visit Finland every fourth year. I have made few posts about them when they visited different towns. Latest is from Kotka.

    The tall ship in your post on the left is called Götheborg. Here is my post when it visited Helsinki in 2009.

    Tall ship Götheborg / Gran Velero Götheburg / Grand voilier Götheborg

    At the and of this post there are three links to my posts.

    Have a great day!

  30. Marion says:

    Sailing ships of old have always interested me, Michel! They would have looked magnificent on the oceans, but the dangers of the seas are to be respected.

  31. Nancy Clark Hislop says:

    What a wonderful memory! Thanks for sharing it! We saw the Tall Ships (that’s what we call these big sailing ships in the USA) in New York Harbor the year they re-dedicated the Statue of Liberty. They are so beautiful!

    I am going to post on my facebook page about my experience seeing the Tall Ships and also my experience seeing the paddle wheelers come up the Mississippi as part of the Minnesota Sesquicentennial celebration.. I will tag you so you can find it easily.

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