Photographer's Note

July 21, 2008
Port-des-Barques 170484 17730
Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes
45.949 0.802 10 m

"Carrelets" on the west coast of the Island Île Madame, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Carrelet and Fort Boyard

The Island Île Madame is the smallest island, 75 hectares and 1000 m out of 600 m, of the islands of the Charentaise coast after the Île d'Oléron, the Île de Ré, the Île d'Aix, on southern bank of the estuary of Charente.
One reaches it low tide, from Port-des-Barques, by a made natural passage of sand and rollers, the “passe aux bœufs”.
It is a place favourable with the fishing of leisure. Many "carrelets" there are found.

A "carrelet" is a square thread, suspended at the end of a pole, descended and after some time re-installed quickly imprisoning the fish which were with the top of him, thanks to a winch placed on on a wood footbridge on pile, connected to the coast by a pontoon.
These footbridges divided on all the littoral of charente-Maritime and of the estuary of the Gironde and a little into the Vendée, belong to the coastal inheritance.

One sees the Fort Boyard, at sea between the island of Aix and the island of Oléron, place of a very known television game.
Built of 1801 to 1857 to protect the roads and the Maritime Arsenal from Rochefort against the English navy.
With 68 meters length on 31 meters broad, its surface is of 2700 m ². Its enclosure reaches 20 meters height.

Port-des-Barques is French commune, located in the department of the Charente-Maritime of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 1534 Portbarquais, distributed on 6 km², that is to say 251 hab./km².

The Island Madam would hold her name of Anne de Rohan, mistress of Louis XIV, or of another Anne de Rohan, XXIIe abbess of Saintes from 1484 to 1523.

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