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Coastal navigation and foreign trade


coasting navigation
Gâvres passage - coll. part.

Economic geography


Port-Louis inhabitants did not limit themselves to navigating along the French coast either in the West or in the South.

They sometimes sailed very far to :

  • The Iberic peninsula
  • the islands of the Atlantic Ocean (Madeira and the Antilles)
  • The countries of the North (Norway, Holland, Flanders, England, Germany)
History of the vessels of Port-Louis over almost four centuries :

time
types
tonnage
names
XVth century
  • whaleships
  • flouins
  • escaffes
  • caravelles
  • vessels
numerous
5 - 20 t
Religious for three-quarters
End XVIth and under Louis XIIIth
  • galleons
  • boats
  • long boats
7 gauging 50 in 80 barrels
Appearance of feminine first names
Louis XIVth
  • corvettes
  • barks (trois-mâts barques ?)
  • ships
12 gauging 40 in 170 barrels
reappearance of religious names, but feminine first names remain numerous
Louis XVth
  • coasting lugger
  • double launch
5 gauging 40 in 250 barrels
Appearance of different names


mine's supports export
The pit-prop export
coll. part.
Imports (foodstuffs and products) :
  • Salt and wines (at any time)
  • Useful products : olive oil, olives, soap, coal, sugar, jam, sheets and cloth.
  • Building materials : tiles and slates, lime, loam stones, resin, tar.
  • Shipyards materials : boards and masts
  • Armament of vessels : iron and steel.
Exports :
  • Mainly cereal : wheat, rye, oat.
  • Sardines from XVIth century onward.
  • Butter, honey, wax, leather.
  • Pinewood : mines props to Wales at the beginning of the XXth century.

last modification : 05 27 2005