The first time we came to Nantes with Mark in 2013, we visited the majestic three-masted Belem ship. She is moored in Nantes again, so we came back with my mom. The ship hasn’t changed but Mark did—last time, he was barely crawling, this time, he explored it by himself and marvelled at the Loire River flowing fast below.

Built in Nantes on the Dubigeon shipyard in 1896, the Belem was originally a cargo ship, transporting sugar from the West Indies, cocoa, and coffee from Brazil and French Guiana to Nantes. After flying different flags through the century, she finally came home in 1979 and she is now a training ship.

The smell of old polished wood is amazing on board, and I’m always amazed by how much fits in there—the machines, the canteen, a full kitchen, the shipwright room with all the tools… it looks tiny from the bank but once you are on board, it’s a small functioning city!

The Belem Moored in Nantes
The Belem Moored in Nantes
The Belem Moored in Nantes
The Belem Moored in Nantes
The Stern
The Stern
Rope
Rope
The Tiller
The Tiller
The Bell
The Bell
Mark and Grand-Maman
Mark and Grand-Maman
Compas
Compas
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
Masting
Masting
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
On the Belem
Shipwright Room
Shipwright Room
Shipwright Room
Shipwright Room
Shipwright Room
Shipwright Room
Canteen
Canteen
Recipe Book
Recipe Book
Canteen
Canteen
Canteen
Canteen
The Hull
The Hull
The Bow
The Bow

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4 Comments

  1. Gagan July 9, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Where is the rum? 🙂

    Reply
    1. Zhu July 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Oh, we drunk it all 😆

      Reply
  2. Cynthia July 9, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I love the contrast of the old exterior and the modern interior.

    Reply
    1. Zhu July 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      I know, me too!

      Reply

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