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ASSOCIATION DE L'HIRONDELLE DE LA MANCHE                                                                                  Naviguez à bord de Marie-Fernand, c'est participer à la conservation de ce très vieux gréement.

Marie-Fernand, a pilot cuter from Le Havre dating from 1894.

Click to zoom the imageBesides being of of the oldest service boats built in France and still afloat Marie-Fernand is the unique survivor under French pavillion of a fleet of 40ish units dating from 1914. It was built by Abel Marchand shipyard for Eugène Prentout, a navigator and it is named after his children : Marie and Fernand.
Marie-Fernand easily won the Pilot's regatta in Le Havre organised by the SRH (Le Havre Regatta Society) just one month after being launched.

Marie-Fernand, a French heritage sailing ship.

Click to zoom the imageThis boat is classified as a historical monument. It represents a major public interest regarding the maritime history and techniques. Since its creation in April, 14th 1984 by a few enthusiastic persons, the Charity (The Swallow of  the Channel) has only had one goal : to give back to the French maritime heritage the  Marie-Fernand  pilot cutter which will be based in Le  Havre, and to navigate in a non-profit, educational and cultural purpose. Marie-Fernand is a service boat, Proudly bearing in its sail its H23 namecode and its black and white anchor pavillion up its mast, its use was to bring pilots to ships coming to the harbour : the maritime pilot disembarked from the pilot boat up to the ship, as it is still done nowadays, guided the ship through the Baie de Seine until moored at quay. Marie-Fernand is financed by the French Ministry  of Communication and Culture, and by the Régional Direction of Culture from Normandy.
Direction Régionale des Affaires  Culturelles de Haute-Normandie

L'Hirondelle de la Manche Charity

Click to zoom the imageSince its creation in April, 14th 1984 by a few enthusiastic persons, the Charity (The Swallow of  the Channel) has only had one goal : to give back to the French maritime heritage the  Marie-Fernand  pilot cutter which will be based in Le  Havre, and to navigate in a non-profit, educational and cultural purpose. 
Eric TABARLY is the honorific president of the charity whose honor is to be one of those defending the nautical and historical values dear to Eric.

The restoration in Brest from 2004 to 2008

Click to zoom the imageHull and bridge restored on Sunday, July 13th 2008, at 2:30 pm  Marie-Fernand, living memory of the maritime heritage, is back to its element, with the presence of her godmother Véronique Servel and of many celebrities. Being back on water with music at the heart of the international celebration « Brest 2008 » was a great, moving moment, both spectacular and memorable.
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        Marie-Fernand avec son nouveau  mât
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              La préparation du nouveau mat
Tall Ships Regatta 2017
Festivités du 500e anniversaire du Havre

L'Hirondelle de la Manche Charitymis à jour Wednesday, April 26, 2017