"La Recouverance" in Kinsale harbour, Ireland 2002
Brest-based French topsail schooner . She is a replica of a late 19th C French packet ship, originally used for carrying important despatches etc. There were originally five of these vessels whose remit was then extended to the surveillance and protection of French merchant shipping off the coasts of Africa and the W Indies. They used to be crewed by 50 – 60 seamen.
LA RECOUVRANCE was built in Brest in 1992. She is 42m overall including bowsprit, beam 7m, draft 3.2m