External support

Under the terms of an agreement with the Ministry for the Interior, between 2000 and 2008, the excavation team was provided with premises within the Saint-Malo Rocabey National Police Academy. Each year, despite a hectic schedule and limited staffing, the Academy accommodated the team with boundless good will. By making its large-scale workspaces available, it played a crucial role in the success of the Natière archaeological operation. In addition, the Saint-Malo bureau of the Département Infrastructure Office provided invaluable assistance, including the placement of buoys, moorings for the excavation support vessels, bathymetric and cartographic studies of the zone, and hoisting and moving heavy artefacts from the wrecks. Over the years, the ties with local partners blossomed into warm and friendly relationships, marked with mutual respect and conviviality. Foremost among these was the Saint-Malo harbourmaster's office, whose kindly support regularly made the team's ocean-going life much easier. We would also like to thank the staff of various government offices – among them Pierre Batalla, Eric Mancey (National Police Academy), Christian Fauvel, Erwan Frogé, the divers and staff of La Traversaine (Phares et Balises) and Bruno Lassus (harbourmaster).

Multimedia

© Thomas Sagory (du-ciel.com)
Aerial kite photograph of the National Police Academy, on whose premises the team worked each season from 2000 to 2008. (Ref. : NAT08_T0314)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Working spaces were also living spaces, where team members could talk and exchange. (Ref. : NAT07_T0285)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
The excavation enjoyed support from the maritime division of the Ille-et-Vilaine Infrastructre Directorate, particular in terms of placing buoys at the site and mooring for the excavation's support vessels. (Ref. : NAT04_M0420)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Accompanied by Denis Metzger, head of hyperbaric operations, the divers from the maritime division of the Ille-et-Vilaine Infrastructre Directorate prepare to haul up one of the Dauphine's cannons. (Ref. : NAT05_SM0416)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Denis Metzger, head of hyperbaric operations, and divers from the maritime division of the Ille-et-Vilaine Infrastructre Directorate bring one of the Dauphine's cannons to the surface. (Ref. : NAT05_SM0411)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Raising cannons onto the deck of the Traversaine, a ship belonging to the Lighthouse and Markers Service. (Ref. : NAT05_M0245)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Putting cannons back into the water of the Saint-Malo harbour, from the Traversaine, a ship belonging to the Lighthouse and Markers Service. (Ref. : NAT05_M0252)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Aboard the Traversaine, Anne Hoyau and Marie-Noëlle Baudrand measure the anchor from the Dauphine, brought up by divers from the maritime division of the Ille-et-Vilaine Infrastructre Directorate. (Ref. : NAT06_M0276)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Starting in 1999, thanks to a very generous donation by the Lohmann & Rauscher firm, bandage cloths of many sizes have been used intensively at the excavation site. (Ref. : NAT05_T0035)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) @ MCC / DRASSM
During the project, several film crews came to record the excavations (here, a documentary is being filmed for French public television). (Ref. : NAT03_SM0301)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
Since 2005, the Aqualung firm, which manufactures diving equipment, has supported the Natière excavation and the Adramar association by providing the team with diving equipment at very favourable rates. (Ref. : NAT06_M0298)
Teddy Seguin (Adramar) © MCC / DRASSM
The excavation directors, Michel L'Hour and Élisabeth Veyrat, with the team from the Arjowiggins firm, who provided first-rate graphics for the project. (Ref. : NAT05_T0108)