Ushant

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Ushant figures prominently in naval history and in naval fiction covering the Age of Sail.

Ushant lies off the Breton coast and marks the southeastern entrance of the English Channel. Because of currents and prevailing winds Ushant was the jumping off point for ships bound for the Mediterranean, the West Indies and Americas, and the Far East making it probably the most important European landfall for about three hundred years.

Storms, the confluence of strong Channel currents and wave action from the North Atlantic, and submerged rocks and shoals made this a very dangerous bit of real estate.

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