My good friend Michel Bataillard, who has contributed much useful information to this website, is seeking help with three projects that he is currently working on. If you are able to help then please contact me and I ll put you in touch with Michel.

1 He is rewriting an illustrated version of the four books of History of the French Navy by Troude. This is a huge piece of work consisting of about two thousand pages in six or seven volumes, and he would be interested in finding any relevant documents (i.e. portraits, drawings, maps) that he could include in the work.

2 – He is desperately looking for old maps of the southern coast of Brittany, between 1300 and 1500, and is willing to make exchanges with old English maps, of which he has plenty. He lives at Penmarc’h in Brittany and believes it could have been an island in the fifteenth century, with thousands of inhabitants and naval construction which all disappeared after the fifteenth century and there are no written records. Although the Greek explorer Pytheas visited Penmarc’h in 350 BC his book was lost when the library in Alexandria burned down.

3 He and a group of like-minded enthusiasts are hoping to rebuild an old Breton caravel (their website is: and are looking for plans to begin with. Can anybody help with any construction plans Would you like to join the project ! if so you would be most welcome.