At Rochefort is Louis XIV's magnificent naval dockyard. Here hundreds
of sailing ships were constructed, fitted out and repaired before setting
out to sea. Frances equivalent of Chatham. At one point the dockyards
employed over half of Rochefort's population. However the yards were
closed in 1926 due to the advent of steamships and later heavily
bombed in the 1940's.

Some parts have survived and the Hermione, the frigate sailed by La
Fayette to the Amercias, has been reconstructed using original ship
building techniques and is currently undergoing sea trials for its voyage
to Boston in 2015. When in port its a fantastic way to spend an
afternoon.

The Corderie Royale, the Royal Rope Making Factory was renovated
in the 1970s and is another great place to visit, particularly on a rainy
day.
ROCHEFORT - a great place to visit
when staying at our Gites in the
Charente Maritime