Name: Marie Jeanne
Type: Fishing Boat model
A tuna fishing boat is a fishing vessel specialized in tuna fishing. Although tuna fishing boat dates back to antiquity, using traps, the use of boats specifically armed for this purpose does not appear until the 18th century. The origin of the albacore fishery using boats is very poorly known, but seems to be ancient.
In the Mediterranean, tuna fishing was for a long time mainly carried out with the help of traps. The Basques traditionally practice this fishery aboard their txalupa, open boats.
The Vendée and Brittany fishermen use their sardine boats and their tuna boats during the season.
These fishing boat, open boats are designed for coastal fishing and are ill-prepared to withstand any heavy weather. From 1905 onwards, the “flat-bottomed” tuna dunce definitely acquired its characteristic slender shape as well as its fame. The keel can exceed 40 feet in length, and the whole boat can reach 40 barrels. Today, Biche is the last of the dundee tuna boats of Groix. The association Les Amis du Biche, with its numerous members and volunteers, manages the operation of the tuna boat and offers the public the opportunity to join its crew. However, Biche is also regularly chartered by individuals or companies for sea trips or receptions at the quay.