Petit Minou Lighthouse

The Petit Minou Lighthouse (Phare du Petit Minou) is a lighthouse in the roadstead of Brest, standing in front of the Fort du Petit Minou, in the commune of Plouzané. By aligning it with the Phare du Portzic, it shows the safe route to follow for ships to enter the roadstead.[1] It also has a red signal that indicates a dangerous sector around the plateau of les Fillettes (literally "the girls"), one of the submerged rocks in the Goulet de Brest — sailors remember this by using the mnemonic "Le Minou rougit quand il couvre les Fillettes" ("the Minou blushes when he covers the girls").

Petit Minou Lighthouse
Phare du Petit Minou
The lighthouse in July 2004
LocationGoulet de Brest, Finistère, France
Coordinates48°20′12″N 4°36′51″W / 48.336667°N 4.614167°W / 48.336667; -4.614167
Constructiongranite tower
Height22 metres (72 ft)
Shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingswhite tower the seaward side, red lantern
Heritagelisted in the general inventory of cultural heritage Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height32 metres (105 ft)
Range19 nmi (35 km)
CharacteristicFl (2) W R 6s.
France no.FR-0652

Built between 1694 and 1697, the Fort du Petit Minou was a fort built in the commune of Plouzané in France to defend the goulet de Brest.

As part of the massive fortification campaign of France under the direction of the Marquis de Vauban, construction on the Fort du Petit Minou bastion was finished in 1697. Two hundred and forty cannons and a formidable moat helped protect a waterway leading to the military port town of Brest, on France's northwest coast. The waters offshore are notoriously treacherous, so in 1848, the Phare (lighthouse) du Petit Minou was added in front of the fort to aid navigation through the Goulet de Brest strait. It's one of dozens of lighthouses dotting the craggy, and infamously stormy, Brittany shores.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ (30 March 2014). "Lighthouses of Brittany: Southern Finistère". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 5 July 2015.