Photographer's Note

Living conditions on the island were long rough (and we can imagine they must still remain today big time!). Not protected sea side, the village was heavily exposed to the marine elements. With each storm, the village was covered with seawater mixed with sand and seaweed, making unhealthy houses of fishermen. Poor access to drinking water (he had to cross the pass to Loctudy to access a water supply) causes epidemics of cholera and typhus. The construction of a dam in 1835 partly protected the island, but it was not until 1897 that a public pump is installed, allowing access at all to drinking water.

Like any self-respecting island, Île-Tudy has long lived on fishing. Until the eighteenth century, there was fishing for conger, hake and skate before the sardine can displace other species, to feed the canneries located in the country Bigouden in the second half of the nineteenth century. We also fished for mackerel and lobster and crayfish that Britons are boarding ships every 10 days. The port of Ile Tudy peaked in the early twentieth century, before undergoing a long and irreversible decline, following restructuring of canning factories that supported the business and close their doors one after the other. Today the fishing activity has completely disappeared from Île-Tudy.

Another important activity of the village were gathering shellfish: mussels, oysters, clams, shrimp, ... Women gathered shellfish they sell in the markets of Pont l'Abbé. The exploitation of the resource was exclusively reserved for islanders. Even today the oyster remains one of the activities of the peninsula.

Theme Stay at Île-Tudy

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Additional Photos by Valerie Leconte (Leconte) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 716 W: 58 N: 1031] (5795)
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