increased attendance

800 sailors since the beginning of the year.

We recorded the arrival of 331 sailors for the month of March this year, more than double the number last year at the same time. We have returned to pre-health crisis dating levels, which is rather encouraging. Indeed, we have recorded the visit to the home of more than 800 sailors since the beginning of the year.


The 200 meters maneuver

 Many bulk carriers, such as the « KIM OLDENDORFF », the « MYRTO », the « KYPROS LOYALTY », the « SOCRATIS » or the « SARITA NAREE » often approaching or exceeding two hundred meters long, come to load at the bottom of the river, in Rouen, from the estuary of Le Havre located more than a hundred kilometers away. As the sinuosity of the river gives the impression that it meanders, some sailors have nicknamed it « Snake river » … indeed, it takes more than 6 hours of navigation in the meanders of the Seine to return to the mouth and the sea.


Or the smiles of our encounters

Whether for bulk on the left bank (metals, fertilizers, coal, peat) or for cereals(wheat) on the Soufflet silos on the right bank, the crews, of rather heterogeneous nationalities but mostly Filipino, are always very smiling and very friendly. It is with undisguised pleasure that we board to report our presence and our activity of conveying by minibus to those who wish to go to our pretty city, for a few hours and some shopping, the time of the stopover.  Our coming is always very appreciated for men, who, so far away from their home and their family , and often for several months, are in great need of a breath of fresh air !!

The welcome on board is always warm, often accompanied by a coffee taken at the mess or sometimes even a meal !! Let us salute the crews of the « NORMA » and the « AFRICAN KALMIA » who broke the records of attendance of the home since we had 30 and 22 visits respectively for these two buildings in 5 days.

The historical past of the city did not fail to arouse their admiration as pointed out to me by the Indian sailors of the « SOFIA R » or the Ukrainian captain of the « …OWL ».


The sailors' home and its festive atmosphere

mai 2023

EXPOSITION SEPIDEH YARI | 26/05/2023 – 25/06/2023 at 14:00 – 22:00

juin 2023

PEINTURES AU FEUTRE DE MARIE DETREE HOURRIERE | 01/06/2023 – 30/06/2023 at 15:00 – 22:00
ENTRE EUX DEUX | 01/06/2023 at 19:30 – 20:30
CABARET MARIN | 02/06/2023 – 04/06/2023 at 20:00 – 23:00
BANTRY’S PUB CLUB (Ba’sPuC) | 08/06/2023 at 18:30 – 20:00
LAURENT LAMY(Osez classique) | 09/06/2023 at 20:30 – 22:00
CELINA ET SON ACCORDEON | 10/06/2023 at 18:30 – 20:00
LA FIN DE LA JOIE | 11/06/2023 at 17:45 – 18:15
LES VIGIES PIRATES | 11/06/2023 at 18:30 – 20:00
LOS GIBOS | 12/06/2023 at 18:30 – 20:00
NOUS MUSIQUE CELTIQUE | 13/06/2023 at 18:30 – 20:00
RUMBA FLAMENCA_PABLO GIBAUX_D DOY | 14/06/2023 at 18:30 – 20:00
CELINA ET BENJAMIN | 15/06/2023 at 18:30 – 20:00
CHANT POUR TOUS ECHAPPEE MEDIEVALE « Cantiguas del mar » | 16/06/2023 at 21:00 – 22:30
BOSSAFINADE | 17/06/2023 at 18:30 – 22:00
BRANLE BAS DE SONS | 21/06/2023 at 19:00 – 20:00


What do we need ?

The french philosopher Simone Weil offers a reflection on what she calls the « needs of the soul ». Certainly, our body has needs (food, sleep, heat) but there are also needs of the soul. These needs of the soul are not met, for example, when one lives in constant fear. Fear of losing one’s job or fear of not having enough to live until the end of the month, diffuse fear of someone apprehended as a threat, or fear for someone’s life. Fear is a disease that paralyzes the soul. Some security is necessary to live. Security is an essential need of the soul. Security means that the soul is not permanently under the weight of fear or terror. The needs of the soul are « vital needs of the human being », « analogous to food », « that is, if they are not satisfied, man gradually falls into a state more or less close to a purely vegetative life ». Among these needs, the list of which can always be revised or supplemented, there is freedom but also obedience (to those who exercise authority and to the common law as long as its legitimacy is recognized), equality but also hierarchy, security but also risk, freedom of expression but also truth, For truth is a need of the soul and our time is sick of no longer feeding on truth. Among the needs of the soul, there is also the recognition of personal dignity but also the punishment following a crime or misdemeanour, private property but also participation in collective goods, solitude and silence but also participation in a common task.

Simone weil, the rooting.

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