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Alain Déchorgnat


The ultimate travel of the trawler Victor Pleven

For this report, I would like to thank the Van Heyghen site for his kind contribution and the authors of the photos who allowed me to use them.

Historic recall

Victor Pleven arrived at the Keroman submarine base of Lorient in 1996 (left picture). She served as a museum dedicated to fishing. But its operations were not profitable, she was bought in 2002 by Cap l'Orient, the grouping of communes of the Pays de Lorient.

In March 2006, the Victor Pleven no longer corresponds to the orientations of the Kéroman base. She is transferred to the fishing port (right photo).

In June 2008, Cap l'Orient decided to get rid of the old malouin trawler Victor Pleven . She will be deconstructed in Ghent, Belgium. She is sold for a symbolic euro to the Belgian company Van Heyghen Recycling , subsidiary of Group Galloo Recycling .

Last navigation

Victor Pleven is from Lorient on 28 September 2008. Private since 1992 with her propeller and part of her engine, she was taken in tow by two tugs of the Dutch company Multraship Towage and Salvage .
Multratug 7 at the head of the convoy, was a tug built in 1977, 34.5 m long and 10 m wide and capable of providing 52 tons of traction. At the rear, a second tug allows to slow the convoy and to regulate the speed (5 to 10 knots depending on the tidal currents). Le Victor Pleven est donc parti de Lorient le 28 septembre 2008.

It took four days for this trip around the tip of Brittany, the Channel and arrinve in Terneuzen in the Netherlands at the mouth of the Scheldt on October, 2 (left photo, above). She then crossed the canal in Ghent Terneuzen, 32 km long and can accommodate vessels up to 265m in length for a maximum draft of 12.5 m. Victor Pleven had been moored in the late afternoon, docked along the Van Heyghen site (left photo) in Ghent, Belgium.


The scrapping of Victor Pleven started at the beginning of 2009, after the yard has scrapped twenty Irish trawlers. The first work consisted in the removal of asbestos and housing.

To be continued...