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Monument du Pluviôse

Not rated ,  Historic site and monument in Calais

  • It is not easy to see what the imposing bronze monument on the left of the Fort represents. It is, in fact, a winged figure, a modern version of an angel, who is reaching into a submarine to gather the souls of the sailors. But it is not just any submarine, it is the Pluviôse. In the early 20th century, Calais was a submarine base and, whilst out on exercise on 26 May 1910, the Pluviôse collided with a ferry. The vessel sank to a depth of 17 metres and it took 16 days to pump it out. The 27...
    It is not easy to see what the imposing bronze monument on the left of the Fort represents. It is, in fact, a winged figure, a modern version of an angel, who is reaching into a submarine to gather the souls of the sailors. But it is not just any submarine, it is the Pluviôse. In the early 20th century, Calais was a submarine base and, whilst out on exercise on 26 May 1910, the Pluviôse collided with a ferry. The vessel sank to a depth of 17 metres and it took 16 days to pump it out. The 27 victims were honoured with a state funeral which was attended by the President, Armand Fallières.