The Biche is one of the last surviving Atlantic tuna fishing ketches, hundreds of which were built up until the Second World War. Her appearance recalls the golden era of Atlantic sail boat fishing off France’s north-west coast, from Les Sables d'Olonne, Ile d’Yeu, Étel, Groix, Concarneau or Douarnenez... The Biche was built in Les Sables d'Olonne in 1934 for an owner on Groix island, and originally named "Ange-Biche". She fished for tuna until 1955, and then sailed under the Belgian and British flags before being bought by the Port-Museum in Douarnenez in 1992. She now belongs to the "Friends of the Biche Association” thanks to whom she has been completely restored to her original condition. On 22 June 2012, the Biche was relaunched from Port Tudy on the island of Groix, where the entire population was present for the occasion.

How to recognize her 

She has white and red sails!

Did you know?

In 2013, the Foundation of Maritime and River Heritage awarded the Biche BIP1 status (boat with heritage value). In the same year, the Biche appeared in the British magazine Classic Boat, in which she won first prize for best restoration in Europe.


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