Rochefort, ready to "cut loose"

Zisséo - Maritime heritage

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Greetings, visitors. Zaïtek here. With Zouti's help, I've just finished my latest revolutionary invention. A frigate that can fly in the air! For in Rochefort, the shipbuilding tradition coexists with a cutting-edge aerospace industry...

That's awesome, Zaïtek! The "Flying Rochefortman" is ready and moored next to the royal rope works. Now we need to find a captain to approve it as seaworthy!

Cours Roy Bry car park at N 45°56.199' / W 000°57.938'.

Starting point: Cours d'Ablois (N45° 56.356' / W000° 57.924')

In the 17th century, King Louis XIV was looking for a place to set up "the finest arsenal in the Kingom", capable of competing with the Royal Navy. His minister Colbert persuaded him to have his fleet built here and to create Rochefort!

Starting in 1675, ramparts were built around the new town, in order to protect the arsenal. Cours d'Ablois was located outside of the fortifications.

The Maritime Hospital (Hôpital de la Marine) (N45° 56.494' / W000° 57.864')

Zisséo! You're just the guy I was looking for! I need a captain to approve my new invention, the Flying Rochefortman... But you seem to have caught some malware?!

A misadventure during a long-haul journey... I've got scurvy, matey! A nutritional deficiency that decimated many a crew in the old days... Fortunately, my ship disembarked near the Maritime Hospital, before my teeth fell out!

In Rochefort, the sailors' health was classed as a "high level" concern! At the end of the 18th century, this hospital trained future doctors who would accompany crews at sea.

In what year was the new Maritime Hospital inaugurated? Note the digit of the tens.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of A : A =_____

The water tower (N45° 56.494' / W000° 57.725')

Zisséo looks like he needs a good "data reset"! Or a little glass of water...

Rochefort always suffered from a lack of fresh water. After a severe drought, the town built a water tower that was able to meet its needs! It's around 45 metres long and houses two vats of 2,000 m3.

A series of cutting-edge projects were undertaken to try and control the supply of this resource! An "atmospheric engine" was installed in order to draw water from the Charente, and a process to desalinate sea water was even put in place.

Which feature is not depicted in the coat of arms carved onto the water tower?
1- A tower on a rocky spur
2- A fleur-de-lys
3- A ship
4- A star
Note the number of the correct answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of B : B =_____

The marina (N45° 56.590' / W000° 57.446')

You're looking poorly, Zisséo! You need to eat if you want to recover from scurvy! Here. Every morning, I have cheese, salted meat, dried cod and biscuits...

The marina occupies pits dug in the 19th century in order to develop trade on the river. The large buildings built by the docks were food stores. The food brought on board for the crewz to eat was stored and prepared there.

Look at the pontoon opposite you. What letter is inscribed on the black pillar? What is its place in the alphabet, if A=1, B=2, C=3, etc.?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of C : C =_____

The royal foundries (N45° 56.437' / W000° 57.537')

Rochefort arsenal was designed for building, repairing and arming ships. The cannon and balls were cast here. Then they were transported in barges.

They were sent to join the warships, moored in Île d’Aix harbour! For these vessels were too heavy to sail on the river with all their weaponry on board.

How many cannon are carved into the pediment of the old royal foundries?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of D : D =_____

Be careful crossing the road to the Jardin de la Marine at N 45°56.424' / W 000°57.470'.

If my database history is to be believed, there was once a botanical garden where the police station now stands. It was used to acclimatise the plants brought back from scientific and colonial expeditions, like orange trees...

That's the remedy I need!

The royal rope works (N45° 56.295' / W000° 57.398')

Stay on the platform above the steps to answer the riddle.

I believe the Flying Rochefortman needs a captain!

There must have been a bug in my system… Are you cured, Zisséo?

A few citrus fruits and a good dose of rum! Nothing beats the "sailors' punch" if you want to get rid of scurvy! Although doctors aren't so sure it works...

The works? You mean the rope works! Hemp was woven here to make the mooring lines, halyards and cable-laid ropes that were used to manoeuvre the boats. And you had to remember to tar them, to stop them rotting at sea.

A ship's longest rope is a cable, that's nearly 200 metres, and it has to be woven in one piece. That explains the length of the building.

The royal rope works was built in 1666 and symbolises the greatness of the monarchy. Apparently it cost so much to build that Colbert's contemporaries thought the streets of Rochefort were paved with gold!

The buttresses were added a few years after the rope works was built in order to stabilise it. How many can you see?

Write this number down. It is the equivalent of E : E =_____
Odd number. They are shaped like "keys", rounded at the base.

Go down the stairs. At N 45°56.239' / W 000°57.322', take the path along the Charente on the right.

The Hermione (N45° 56.102' / W000° 57.435')

These topmen in the Hermione's masts are the men I need! In the 1990s, they took up a crazy challenge: to reconstruct the ship, exactly as it was! It would take them 17 years, versus 6 months in 1779...

On 10 March 1780, the Marquis de La Fayette boarded the "frigate of freedom". He was charged with alerting General Washington to the French troops' arrival. This help was gratefully received by the American "insurgents", fighting the British for their independence!

Today, the Hermione stands proudly in a "dry dock", a ship maintenance facility. The boat is brought in at high tide, then the door is closed and the water is drained out. It can then be repaired.

How many horizontal masts, known as "yardarms", can you see on the Hermione?

Is the Hermione on its travels? Go to N 45°56.105' / W 000°57.484' and find the word inscribed above the Porte du Soleil arch. Count the number of letters in it to obtain the same figure.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of F : F =_____

Pass through the Porte du Soleil. At N 45°56.114' / W 000°57.512', turn right.

Return to the pavement while being careful of the traffic.

The signal tower (N45° 56.152' / W000° 57.512')

All hands on deck! Hoist the mainsail and lift the anchor! The Flying Rochefortman is ready to sail the sea... But wait?! Who turned the helm into a dashboard full of flashing lights?

It was me, Zisséo… But you won't get confused! These symbols follow the "harbour code". At the top of this semaphore tower, formerly a Protestant temple, the Rochefort Command's head office exchanged information with Île d’Aix harbour! To do this, they used flags and light signals...

What shape is the signal tower?
1- Square
2- Octagonal
3- Circular
Note the number of the correct answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of G : G =_____

At N 45°56.218' / W 000°57.493', take Rue de l’amiral Courbet on the left. At the end of that street, turn right.

The Coupe d’Or Theatre (N45° 56.267' / W000° 57.650')

Ready to fly over the town centre! Admiral Zouti, what can you see?

We're just above the theatre, Capitaine!

In 1766, wealthy Rochefort residents, mainly naval officers and shipbuilders, decided to build a theatre. Before that, they had to put on shows in private drawing rooms! Inspired by Italian architecture, this building would be named the "Théâtre de la Coupe d’Or" after the plot of land on which it was built.

How many triangular pediments can you see on the theatre façade?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of H : H =_____

Place Colbert (N45° 56.197' / W000° 57.681')

Let's try and begin the descent to Place Colbert. I don't recommend dropping anchor on these cobblestones! Zaïtek, is there a hi-tech alternative?

Please wait, we are running the search you requested.


That's it, I know! Just press the landing gear's exit button. Just here.

Neat manoeuvre, sailor. Let's make the most of our stop on dry land to discover the local curiosities... Am I going crazy or are the façades pink? No doubt a resurgence of the scurvy...

All is well, Zisséo! It's because one of the most famous French musicals was filmed here: The Young Girls of Rochefort!

In 1966, Jacques Demy set up his cameras here. The whole town was involved in his work and provided a backdrop for it! For the occasion, several shutters and façades were painted yellow, blue... People even say the head decorator wanted the Transporter Bridge to be pink!

Find the plaque on the fountain. What musical instrument is the young lady on the right playing?
1- Trumpet
2- Banjo
3- Harmonica
4- Triangle
Note the number of the correct answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of I : I =_____

Take Rue Pierre Loti at N 45°56.166' / W 000°57.739'.


The Hèbre de Saint-Clément Museum (N45° 56.139' / W000° 57.757')

Congratulations, sailor. You could say this Flying Rochefortman is the pride of the arsenal of the future! Its exploits at sea are sure to feature in exhibitions at the Hèbre Museum, in a few centuries' time!

This old 18th-century mansion has collections from all over the world today. These workz of art depict a time when life in Rochefort was shaped by its colonial, military and scientific explorations.

Which number, engraved into the stone, is on the building that houses the Hèbre Museum?

Write this number down. It is the equivalent of J : J =_____
be careful not to mix it up with the one inscribed on the blue plaque!

Take care crossing the road to the esplanade.

An Iceland Fisherman (N45° 56.188' / W000° 57.884')

Thank you for giving your approval to the Flying Rochefortman! Now you're up and running, Zisséo. What are you going to do?

I'll certainly resume my maritime expeditions... A passion I share with local boy Pierre Loti! This French Navy officer was also a well-known writer. His works include "An Iceland Fisherman", my favourite bedside book!

Which element, a reminder of cod fishing in Iceland, is NOT carved into the bas-reliefs of the sculpture?
1- A longboat
2- A fish
3- A fishing net
Note the number of the wrong answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of K : K =_____

The cache!

Be discreet, the cache location is a busy place.

« Attention geocaching friends ! No need to lift rocks, pick walls apart, or uproot plants... the cache is most likely there, right before your eyes! Remember that your quest must remain environmentally friendly ! Thank-you ! »

If your answers to the riddles are correct, the GPS coordinates of the cache will appear in green in the mobile app. Click "locate the cache" and let yourself be guided!

To free the cache, unlock the padlock. The code corresponds to the answers to riddles: B ; (D-I) ; G ; (F+2). Then be sure to put everything back in place and lock the padlock again.

Cache coordinates: N(C)(I+3)° (AxF).(B)(H)(K)' / W000° ((Ex5)+D).((Jx3)-9)(G+3)'
 The mystery word is written in the log book, inside the container

Well done, you have found the cache!
See you soon for more adventures!

Contact :

Office de Tourisme Rochefort Océan – Bureau de Rochefort
Avenue Sadi Carnot
17300 Rochefort
05 46 99 08 60

Terr'Aventurers' comments

19 jan 2022

yoyo37 has found the cache

trouvé malgré le froid la doidyteam

19 jan 2022

Renaudeaua has found the cache


18 jan 2022

Maelysca has found the cache

très bien !

18 jan 2022

Clabou has found the cache

Pas facile mais joli parcours

18 jan 2022

famillefc has found the cache

merci pour cette belle aventure qu'elle belle découverte de Rochefort merci !!¡!

17 jan 2022

17Noé has found the cache

Super parcours, pour une première !

16 jan 2022

Taylor17 has found the cache

Super parcours sous la brume ! De vrai marin !

16 jan 2022

Boutolleau has found the cache

joli parcours fait dans le brouillard.

16 jan 2022

Margaux_79 has found the cache

Belle découverte de cette ville !

16 jan 2022

Antoine_79 has found the cache

Belle découverte de cette ville