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  Belle Poule (Marine Nationale) - Tall Ship

Belle Poule | Marine Nationale
Belle Poule, Tall Ships Belfast 2009
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The tall ship Belle Poule is a French naval training schooner based in Brest, France. She is sister ship to the Étoile. The ship has a crew of 16 professional staff and can take up to 20 trainees. Sailing programs are available for naval students, merchant marine trainees, and school students. Belle Poule takes part in maritime festivals and Tall Ships events in France and in Europe.

The schooner sails on training trips for the naval school in the waters around France. She has also sailed to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean.

Belle Poule was built at the Chantiers de Normandie at Fecamp in Normandy, and launched in 1932. She is a replica of the type of Icelandic cod fishing schooners used in the North Sea off Iceland until 1935. During World War Two, Belle Poule along with sister ship, the Étoile sailed to Britain and were used for training by the Free French Forces. The two schooners returned to Brest in 1945 and were renovated to resume role of sail training.

Ship Summary
Operator:Marine Nationale
Built by:Chantiers de Normandie, Fecamp
Date Completed:1932
Gross Tonnage:225
Length:37.5 m
Width:7.4 m
Crew:16 (plus 15 to 20 trainees)