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Goulet de Brest

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Plong e dans le goulet de brest

The Goulet de Brest is a 3 km long strait linking the roadstead of Brest to the Atlantic Ocean. Only 1.8 km 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. Sailing ships would thus wait in the cove of Camaret-sur-Mer for a favourable current to carry them into the goulet.

On 2 January 1793 the Childers Incident, the first shots of the war between Great Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars, took place in the Goulet.

Pointe robert goulet de brest 27 nov 2011

Military significanceEdit

It is the only opening into the roadstead of Brest, and thus the only access to the town. Consequently, successive French governments have lined the goulet 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 favours the defenders, as it has a spine down its length in the form of the Le Mengant rocks, which force ships to sail either to their north or south. The goulet has three zones.

Zone of Brest

  • Fort de Bertheaume
  • Fort de Toulbroc'h
  • Fort du Petit Minou
  • Fort du Mengant or Fort du Léon
  • Fort du Dellec
  • Fort de Portzic
  • Zone by île de Roscanvel

  • Fort de l'îlot des Capucins
  • Fort de la Fraternité
  • îlot du Diable
  • Fortified lines of Quélern
  • Batteries of Kerviniou
  • Batteries of Tremet
  • Fort on pointe des Espagnols
  • Powder-stores of the Île des Morts
  • Battery of Cornouaille
  • Zone de Camaret-sur-Mer

  • Batteries of Kerbonn
  • Batteries of Le Toulinguet
  • Batteries of Pointe du Petit Gouin and Pointe du Grand Gouin
  • Tour Vauban
  • References

    Goulet de Brest Wikipedia

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