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Slipway Lorient

The slipway of the port of Keroman in Lorient

Some images of an imaginary astroport, space base of a forgotten counter close to the egde of the galaxy.

This is the port of Lorient's Sleepway.
I voluntarily titrate Sleepway, to accentuate the oneiric dimension of this magic place which inspired to me the scene "Eros dock" in my saga of the Reefs

Slipway Lorient

The Sundays, since my childhood, I like to walk the night in this deserted shipbuilding yard, dreaming that spaceships in departure was surrounding me.

In fact, the reality is not far from the fiction. The conquest of the oceans is similar to the dreams of space conquest. Crossing the Atlantic to join the new world was an adventure as perilous than travelling threw the space-opera's interstellar dimensions. .

Slipway Lorient

Founded by Colbert into 1664, the powerful "Compagnie des Indes" build in Lorient in 1719 its principal base of freighting and shipbuilding.
Here were built and armed the fleets which crossed the ocean, for the trade of spices, silk, rice, cotton, tea, porcelain, salpetre, coffee but also, slaves.

During the world war II, the German army build there a powerful submarine base, now unused, the raison why the town was completly destroyed by the allied bombardments.


The giants bunkers with a gothic profile, builded to protect the warships from the air raids, were preserved from the flood of fire which destroys the city.


Always in activity, the slipway of longitudinal type is a magic place generating dreams.

Damaged or made rough by the ocean, which reduces its hydrodynamism, the hull must be cleaned and repainted at least every two years. For this operation, the boat is tow out of the water.


The ship came out perpendicular to the shore. In order to prevent that it does not break, when the prow emerges whereas the poop still floats, it is tractor drawn on carriages provided with wood chocks out which support the hull.

Slipway Lorient

The carriages, travelling on a railway, are then acicular towards the various zones of careenage by an enormous mobile pontoon embedded in a vast and dirty concrete arena.


The tests of painting, on the walls of the blockhouses, draw abstract camaieu frescos of Ochre, Sienne and Outremer.



Metaphor of future stellar armadas , or, post-apocalyptic amphitheatre of a declining Rome, the slipway is a place spontaneously metamorphosed in dreamer's spirit.


As Tristan, the adolescent hero of my novel, I often refuge myself, at night, at the end of a broken pontoon in the entry of the port. I listened to the stranges laughts of the gulls, which accompanied, by their hystericals clouds, the trawlers's return.


Dominating the "criée of its disaster blind frontage, the threatening mass of the refrigerator confers to this part of the port a dramatic atmosphere of world end.

Mixed with the machines's remugles of brine and grease, old subtle forces, but almost palpable, impregnate this labyrinth of concrete and rusted steel.

Slipway Lorient

It is an out of time place, fixed in a past according to war, haunted by generations of death sailors and soldiers, which despaired errance, carried by the storms's scum, graze the late traveller, with its frozen and melancholic loneliness

Around midnight, some summer's evenings, when the orange lights of the reverberators mix with the twilight's oversea, I sometimes saw, engaging between the moles, the quiet and slow mass of an antique sailing ship, come to refuel to the departed's harvests.
Skeletal, motionless and right silhouette, Ankou held the bar, his long coat floating with the liking of rized coming from the sea.

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The site of the district of Lorient
Museum of the company of Indies.
Small history of Lorient On the site of the ENST Brittany.
BRETAGNE (Site very rich general practitioner)
BRETAGNE-SUD (Site generaliste)
News on line on the site of the newspaper "Telegramme".
History of slavery on the site Antilles of Ernest Moutoussamy
other chronology of slavery on the siteLiberté20desamb (Island of Réunion)