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Ushant (Municipality, Finistère, France)


Last modified: 2010-11-13 by ivan sache
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Flag of Ushant - Image by Ivan Sache, 10 June 2000

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Presentation of Ushant

The island of Ushant (ca. 15 sq. km, maximum dimensions 7 x 4 km, maximum elevation 60 m a.s.l.) is the westernmost part of European France. The island is served by the ships of the Penn-ar-Bed company (1 hr of sailing from Brest or Le Conquet). There is also a small airport on the island, served from Brest-Guipavas airport.
Ushant (capital, Lampaul) constitutes a municipality of the departement of Finistère. Its 1,300 inhabitants lived in the past mostly from sheep breeding and vegetable cultivation. Most of them are now working in continental Brittany or at sea as fishers or sailors.
Ushant was incorporated to the Parc naturel régional d'Armorique in 1969 in order to protect its natural resources and traditional habitat. The waters around the island are among the most dangerous in Europe due to the conjonction of cliffs, storms and high traffic, and several shipwrecks occurred there.

Ivan Sache, 10 June 2000

Flag of Ushant

According to P. Rault (Les drapeaux bretons de 1188 a nos jours [rau98]), the flag of Ushant is quartered, red in the first and fourth quarters, whereas the second and third quarters are an horizontally divided yellow-black-yellow triband. The flag is a banner of the arms of the Heusaff family, the former lords of the island.

Ivan Sache, 10 June 2000