Orion (ex-voto)

The Orion is a model of boat serving as ex-votos in the church Saint-Sauveur neighborhood of St Goustan in Auray ( Morbihan ).


Along 2.67 m and a height of 1.46 m and a weight of 26 kg , the Orion is armored to spur rigged in barquentine , also operating at the steam . It would be the largest ex-voto sailor of Brittany 1 .


The model was built by the workshops of the Navy from Lorient to 1865 . It would have served as a model for Magenta 2 . It was not until 1908 that the boat was converted into an object of devotion to Saint Goustan 1 .

Called Saint-Goustan , then Le Goustannais , it takes the name of Bigorneau 3 after the Second World War. In 1994 – 1995 , the boat is fully restored and takes the name of Orion . In 2014 , he was again suspended from the church vault, after remaining long in a glass case 4 .

The Orion is registered in the supplementary inventory of historic monuments by decree of[ref. necessary]


  1. ↑ a and b “Saint-Sauveur Church in Saint-Goustan”  [ archive ] on the website The ex-voto marin
  2. ↑ According to the specifications of the parish of St. Goustan, quoted by a tourist document issued by the town of Auray
  3. ↑ ” ex-votos: boat said periwinkle ”  [ archive ] , notice o IM56000942, Palissy base , French Ministry of Culture
  4. ↑ “The Orion finds the way of the airs …”  [ archive ] , West-France ,

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