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herring-curing & sea angling

Maison du Sauvetage

Sea-angling off Gravelines

The Maison du Sauvetage is in Grand-Fort-Philippe, just to the east side of Gravelines. Its models and displays tells the story of sea rescues, and the dangers of deep sea cod-fishing expeditions to the stormy cold waters off Iceland.

Today's fishermen
Gravelines and Grand-Fort-Philippe are still lively ports with boats arriving and leaving each day for fishing in local waters.

Boat trips and angling trips
Boats leave from Gravelines and Dunkerque which will take you for a sea trip to see the ports and the coastline - or to have a go at fishing yourself.

"Le Christ Roi", a former shrimp-boat, and "Le Père Duval", a former trawler are amongst those that offer trips.

smoking fish
Hanging up herrings to smoke
fish products
Herring products are a regional food speciality

Curing the herring catches
You can visit several local herring-curing sheds on the coast at Grand-Fort-Philippe near Gravelines, where they preserve fish by traditional methods - salting, drying, smoking to make kippers, etc....

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Location: Maison du Sauvetage
boulevard de la République
Museum Information/ reservations:
Tel: 00 33 3 28 51 94 00
Fax: 00 33 3 28 65 45 45
Boat trips:
Maison du Patrimonie, Gravelines
Tel: 00 33 3 28 65 45 45
Association Mer et Rencontre à Dunkerque
Tel: 00 33 3 28 29 13 80

Where to see herring-curing:

Saurisserie Manier Herring Curing
29 rue Félix Faure, Grand-Fort-Philippe
Tel: 00 33 3 28 65 34 05

Saurisserie Jannin Herring Curing
1 avenue de Dunkerque, Grand-Fort-Philippe
Tel: 00 33 3 28 6522 81

Other Places to visit:
Port Museum - Dunkerque
Sailing facilities on the Flanders coast
Harbour tours - see Dunkerque port by water

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