Posted by: oldsalt1942 | September 2, 2010

Shantyboats on the Loire River, France

The Duckworks blog is one I am compelled to check every morning over my cup of Finca Ruiz Tueste Italiano. Panama produced some of the best coffees in the world and this farm has some of the best and it’s only about a half hour drive from where I live. Duckworks provides stories of great interest to anyone who loves boating. My only complaint is that they take the weekends off so if it weren’t for CBS’s “Sunday Morning” weekends would be a complete waste land. (Okay, the NFL season is about to start so there’s another redeeming feature.)

In today’s Duckworks,Brian Anderson who lives in Ange, France, has proposed a “Raid” on the Loire next September. The idea is that people will come, build simple canoes in plywood, and then spend a week paddling down the river from Blois to Nantes, or possibly just popping the canoes in the river Cher near my house and paddling down it to the Loire and then down from there.

Probably a really cool event to participate in, but what caught my eye was one of the article’s photos that showed these shantyboats.



  1. Living on the rivers is a whole culture in Europe, has been for centuries. Thanks for the blog, I love house/shantyboats!

    Rusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermit

    It used to be much more common here in the States than it is now. Encroachment of housing developments closer and closer to the waterways had led to people who don’t want to see “those people” living on the water. Of course one of the matters that is used to restrict shantyboats is “pollution” and the dumping of sewage. In a lot of ways I understand that argument, but my rebuttal to that is: How big is a blue whale’s turd? Just one of them. In my entire lifetime (almost 69 years now) all my poop wouldn’t equal a single blue whale turd.

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