Photographer's Note

Reflections of Duguay-Trouin quay in river Vilaine in Redon, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany.

The 17th and 18th centuries shipowners and merchants houses on the quay are the witness of the flourishing fluvial activity of the city at that time. River Vilaine was navigable from the ocean to Redon at that time, so Redon was used as a sea port for Rennes. Sea ships coming from the sea unloaded their wares, which was conveyed to Rennes on barges or river ships.

In the 19th century a canal was built from Nantes to Brest and it crossed the Rance-Vilaine link from Chanell to Altantic at Redon, making the city the crossroads of waterways in Brittany. It is still the case today even though river transport has decreased. From Redon you can join Nantes, Brest, Atlantique Oceand and Channel without sailing on the sea !

The photo shows Redon in Ille-et-Vilaine, but it was token from Loire-Atlantique department. Actually Redon is at the frontier of 3 departments : Ille-et-Vilaine (in which Redon is), Loire-Atlantique and Morbihan. River Vilaine is the frontier between Loire-Atlantique and Ille-et-Vilaine at this place. Morbihan is not far anyway, just a few hundred meters from there, at confluence of river Vilaine and river Oust.

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