Goury

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The port of Goury is to be found at the "End of the World, opposite Alderney, one of the Channel Islands. Here you'll fins a lifeboat station with it's lifeboat the "Mona Rigolet" which is often called out to rescue mariners in distress, caught in the strong currents of the Raz Blanchard

The Raz Blanchard

The "Raz Blanchard" flows by Goury port - this is one of the strongest tidal currents in the world. It owes its name to the whirl of white waves, cut off in their advance by strong current shoals between cap de la Hague, Cap Cotentin and the Channel Islands. These currents can reach speeds of 10 knots by high tide, are the strongest in Europe and make sailing very difficult.

Goury Lighthouse

In the year 1823 twenty seven ships sunk off La Hague. Shortly after this terrible year the construction of a lighthouse was placed under consultation. The project began in 1834 and required a large workforce working over 3 years. In 1837, the granite tower was completed. At 48 metres high, it supports a lantern equipped with powerful lenses. This lantern, with a range of 25 km, continuously rotates at the rate of one flash every five seconds. Oil was used as fuel until 1971 but today, a wind turbine provides electricity for the lamp. A foghorn was added at the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1940, the lighthouse was occupied by the Germans. It stopped shining until 1 July 1944 - the date of its liberation.

Lifeboat station

 The commissioning of a lighthouse greatly reduced risks and shipwrecks but they nevertheless remain a common occurence. In 1865 a company called Société Centrale des Naufragés took the initiative to provide the whole coastline of France with sea rescue. In 1870 the first lifeboat was stationed at the port of Goury. A shelter was built in 1878 (it is now the tourist office). In 1928, the rowboat was replaced by a motorboat. For this purpose, the current octagonal shelter was built.

The boathouse allows launch by two different routes: one directed towards the port and one to the open sea. The boat rotates inside the shelter on a turntable. Supported by a carriage, it launches into the water on rails.

The Mona Rigolet, named after its largest donor took up residence place in its new shelter in 1990. This new boat, 17 meters long, is equipped with two 350 hp engines and can travel at up to 18 knots.

 

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