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When Oleron was an island

From the 1960's, with the fast expansion of tourism, the ferries were no longer sufficient to transport the cars of the tourists to and from the island.

Since the opening of the bridge in 1966, Oléron isn't really an island any more. It is perhaps the moment to recall the ferries which used to cross between Le Chapus and Ors.

From the 1960's, with the fast expansion of tourism, the ferries were no longer sufficient to transport the cars of the tourists to and from the island.

The General Council of Charente-Maritime decided at that time to construct a bridge. The work was, for that time, a remarkable technical exploit.

It was the first one of a series which completely transformed the movement of traffic in the region. The bridge of Seudre in 1972, the bridge of the island of Ré in 1988 and the bridge of Rochefort on the Charente in 1991 were built after the construction of the bridge to Oléron.

The postcard of the title, produced at the beginning of the 1950's, shows a ferry in service at that time carrying an advertisement for the first fair of the island of Oléron at Saint Pierre.

la bac "Amiral Duperré" en 1960

The old ferry

The photo opposite, taken in 1960, shows the ferry "Admiral Duperré" , sailing majestically on a calm sea, and protected from damage when docking at the landing stage, by a belt of old tyres.

le port de pêche de La Cotinière dans les années 1950

La Cotiniere

The fishing port of La Cotinière was enlarged in 1979, trawlers used the port and the scene previously depicted on the postcard of the 1950’s changed dramatically.

At that time, the Chapelle des Marins, built in 1967 on the dune on the right side of the port, did not exist.

Shrimps were the big speciality of the small boats.

The auction, fish sale, was not yet computerised!

le phare de Chassiron dans les années 1950

The lighthouse of Chassiron

The lighthouse of Chassiron was already encircled white and black.

The current lighthouse dates from 1836. It replaced the first lighthouse built in 1685.

The lantern was equipped with electricity in 1930.

 

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