The Arawak, formerly known as the Refuge des Marins, is the last survivor of the Brittany coast’s great fleet of tuna fishing vessels. For about thirty years, from 1954, with Étel (Morbihan) as her home port, she navigated the Bay of Biscay, the Azores and the Irish sea.
After these memorable voyages, the ship was seized by customs officers off the Gironde for smuggling! Her story could have ended there, had it not been for a group of enthusiasts: barely more than a wreck, she languished in Bordeaux’s port until 1986 when she was purchased to become a training ship. She was renamed the Arawak - the name given to the Caribbean American Indians, who originally came from the Amazon forest. A name that Bordeaux has come to know well since the ship, classified as a national heritage vessel in 2012, is based in the port of Lormont on the right bank.
Fore-and-aft sail ketch
How to recognize her
It is the only ship with a blue and white wooden hull!
Did you know that...
For several years, the Arawak was used primarily for social inclusion initiatives and for teaching traditional navigation techniques, while at the same setting off to explore the natural and historical heritage of the Garonne, the Vauban “Bolt”, the estuary islands and the port of the Moon.