The largest French three-masted barque Le Français formerly Kaskelot will be present in Ostend for Anker 2022.

After two years of pandemics and the cancellation of Ostend at anchor, we can finally welcome “Le Français” to Ostend at anchor.

Kaskelot was built in 1948 in Svendborg, Denmark, by J. Ring-Andersen, one of the world’s most renowned shipyards. It was originally a traditional Baltic ship (Baltic trader). In the sixties it was used as a support vessel for fishing on the Faroe Islands. The ship was purchased in 1981 by a British company (square sail) and subsequently used in numerous television and film productions, including the three musketeers, Shackleton and David Copperfield.

Kaskelot, since last year under the French flag, started a new life as “Le Français”. The ship’s home port is Saint-Malo. It is one of the last remaining traditional Tall Ships in Europe and is available for the organisation of sea voyages, film shooting and other public relations activities at the quay and at sea.

Three-masted bark

  • Length: 46.60m.
  • Width: 8.50m
  • Draught: 3.60m
  • Draught: 32m
  • Sail area: 2,895.60 m2
  • Number of sails: 17
  • Weight: 226 tonnes
  • Engine: Mitsubishi diesel 500hp diesel 500hp
  • Home port: Saint-Malo
  • Pavilion: French
  • Year of construction : 1948
  • Shipyard: J. Ring-Andersen