Saint-Malo and its harbour

The inhabitants of France's western shores have always lived their lives to the rhythm and swell of the Atlantic Ocean. Over the centuries, the sea taught them fear and courage, and brought them both riches and ruin. Early on, in their tireless attempts to tame the ocean, they learned to sail. However, every attempt at exploration, conquest or colonisation came at a terrible price – shipwrecks. Life at sea is a world of contradictions – underwater wrecks are good places to find fish, but wrecks can also snag nets and take lives. Victims of shipwrecks are mourned, but the day after a ship founders, the beaches are filled with fortune-hunters. Battles are fought at sea and lives are taken, but men crowd the Mass below decks to receive communion.
Saint-Malo – city of commerce raiders and port for every type of vessel, from fishing boat bound for Newfoundland to ships engaged in illegal trading. For more than two centuries, the city was a special destination for ships from every corner of Europe. Merchants and pirates amassed wealth, but sometimes paid for it with their lives. The bay of Saint-Malo, with its rocky coastline and one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, has been the site of many shipwrecks. This hostile environment, combined with the constant comings and goings of ships, has been the source of both risk and misfortune.
Therefore, to access some of the finest moments in the city's maritime history, archaeologists must look to the bottom of the sea. Hidden in the shadowy depths, these wrecks invite us along on a very different type of journey…

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