Flambart

With its belly-ish look and its auric sails, the Flambart has something of a "fishing cutter". It is a traditional Norman ship, which comes from the verb "flamber" in reference to the crazy fires that sometimes clung in stormy weather to the masthead, also known as St-Elmo's fires, and frightens superstitious sailors as signs of disaster. It is a fast vessel, for fishing with trawl. It is characterized by two masts, the foremost of which is inclined forward and the mainmast in the center, both being very close together. Flambart wear a horn sail, foresail and a jib. The saffron is of reduced dimensions, so the maneuver is usually done with the sail. Flambart generally are fishing by trawl and line, occasionally coasters, since the eighteenth century. Also called Fambarts are plates of the Bay of Seine rigged in the same way. "Flambart" in Britanny are boats with a stern table, carrying a large boom, like the sub-type Dagou Jaguen, a small one.