The port of Talmont

The port of Talmont, with its perfect location on the estuary, has been the subject of major development plans since the Second World War, which luckily it was able to escape from! Listen to learn more.

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    port de Talmont-sur-Gironde
    Le port de Talmont-sur-Gironde
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    camps américains Talmont sur Gironde 1917
    Les camps américains et installations ferroviaires à Talmont en 1917
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    rocher du Sphinx
    Le Rocher du Sphinx, dynamité pour le projet de port américain
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    Le port de Talmont-sur-Gironde dans les années 1950
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    projet NODEX
    Les installations du projet NODEX (1956)
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    projet de port pétrolier Talmont
    Le projet de port pétrolier (années 1920)
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    projet de marina Talmont
    Projet de Marina à Talmont (1975)

The current port of Talmont was built in 1835.

In 1917, the Americans sought to establish a naval base in the area to service their troops fighting in WWI. They planned a 1.5 km long unloading dock at Le Caillaud, where they blew up the cliffs with dynamite along with the “Rocher du Sphinx” (”Sphinx Rock”), by the Meschers side of the church. A railway line was constructed to service this future port. But, following the armistice of 11 November 1918, the project was suspended.

In 1920, local councillors discussed plans for a major oil port, but these plans never came to be.

In 1956, at the height of the Cold War, Talmont was the site of "Operation NODEX", a rapid assembly test of a temporary port carried out by the Americans using oil rigs, in the event of the destruction of NATO ports.

In 1975, plans for a marina were rejected due to the town’s protected area status.

 

 

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