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Port of Rivière-au-Renard

Port of Rivière-au-Renard

This fishing village, whose bay opens onto the Gulf, is located very close to Gaspé.

  • Shipbuilding in Gaspésie

    Period photo of a shooner  in construction.

    For a long time, each Gaspé fishing village had its own artisan-shipbuilders.

    They built small craft (flats, barges, etc.) and also bigger ships, such as schooners and even transatlantic transport vessels. In the 1950s, mainly “Gaspésiennes” (three-masted fishing boats) and trawlers were launched.

     
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  • Ship overwintering

    Period photo of schooners on dry land in the Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive shipyard.

    Québec winters are harsh, even for ships. Because ice makes sailing impossible, boats have to be hauled out and stored on dry land.

    In sync with high tide, the schooners were hauled out of the water using a powerful winch and a system of rails and rollers. They were then stabilized with blocking devices.

    Once in their overwintering location, the boats were repaired, caulked and repainted.

     

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Port of Rivière-au-Renard

This fishing village, whose bay opens onto the Gulf, is located very close to Gaspé.

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