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Port De St Goustan, Auray

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The French port of Saint-Goustan is a former fishing port and trading centre situated beside the river Auray (or river Loc'h.) In modern times it has become one of the quarters of the commune of Auray in the department of Morbihan in Brittany.HistoryIn the early 17th century, the town of Auray decided to build a port on the left bank of the Loc'h. Quays and ramps were constructed to allow for the unloading of trade ships where previously vessels had used cruder pontoon structures to dock at the side of the river.An examination of port taxation in 1537 illustrates the commercial activity in Saint-Goustan. The city imports wine, salt, leather, iron and Biscay steel. Conversely, wheat, rye, oats, butter, meat, fish, cloth and fabric are exported. The Auray region was a surplus producer of grain at that time.The development of the larger Auray port in 1641 was completed with the construction of a wharf and two ramps between the old pier which had been built in 1615. This work included the place Saint-Sauveur and continued south to the construction of the current Franklin dock. The stone moorings were placed in 1692.The creation of the Lorient port (1665–1670) and the lack of major roads connecting Saint-Goustan to the hinterland were the cause of a decline in activity in the port. This further decreased with the arrival of the railway and the creation, in 1865, of a new road to Auray which isolated the port and further reduced its trade. The only activity on the Franklin wharf in the early 20th century was the transport of wooden beams for coal mines in Wales.
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  • The jewel of the commune of Auray. It looks back in time while strolling along the quay where sleepy beautiful sailboats and in its narrow alleys where is expected to fall on Cadoudal hunted by the Blues or Benjamin Franklin freshly landed from America... Some people find that there are too many restaurants, I don't! If they are mobbed, especially in summer, it is that finally they are not that many, facing the crowd. Some call them to tourist trap but, in reality, in all those that we did (3), we ate very well! Pity only that traffic is not prohibited on the old bridge, at least during the summer season.
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  • It's down a pretty small pedestrian street, we're all on this beautiful little port, full of charm. If you pass a Auray, rushing to the port of St Goustan.
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  • Come Thursday night for animation 18 h in July August in this small port of Auray we knew by the stealth preview it bridge Kerplouz on the national leading among other things to Quiberon, Carnac and the Trinity sea... .. Well, the animation boils down to a nice Orchestra Jazz Band that moves from coffee in coffee and a designer of cartoons... not very good! But the atmosphere is lively and fun. The port does not have much interest in boats in any case, houses are pretty thats all. Just if you want to eat a pancake or a drink. The former St Goustan bridge is beautiful, but I've not found registration on its date of construction, a priori very old.
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