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Goulet de Brest, with the Phare du Portzic
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The Goulet de Brest is a 3km long strait linking the roadstead of Brest to the Atlantic Ocean. Only 1.8km wide, it is situated between the Pointe du Petit Minou and the Pointe du Portzic to the north and the îlot des Capucins and the Pointe des Espagnols to the south.

At each turn of the tide, the ocean refills the roadstead in a current that can attain 4 to 5 knots.[1] Sailing ships would thus wait in the cove of Camaret-sur-Mer for a favourable current to carry them into the goulet.

Military significance

As the only opening into the roadstead of Brest, and thus the only access to the town and thus is lined with military installations to protect the town and the naval fleet based there and to keep a watch on shipping using it. The geography of the goulet also favours the defenders, since it has a spine down its length in the form of the Le Mengant rocks, forcing ships to sail either to the north or south of them.[1]

Zone of Brest

Zone by île de Roscanvel

Zone de Camaret-sur-Mer

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Michel Dion (1996) (in French). Batteries, réduits, tours, forts, casemates... de Camaret et Roscanvel. Brest: Association du Mémorial Montbarey. pp. 67.  

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Coordinates: 48°20′30″N 4°34′0″W / 48.34167°N 4.566667°W / 48.34167; -4.566667








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