La Rochelle’s Maritime Museum is comprised of eight remarkably restored vessels docked at the south end of the Port des Minimes. Visitors can step on board and explore three of them – an old tugboat, called the Saint-Gilles; a fishing trawler, the Angoumois; and a 1960’s meteorological ship, the France I. On board, the fascinating exhibits include maps, charts and artifacts from La Rochelle’s seafaring history. You can also peek into the living quarters, engine room and helm or enjoy cocktails and tapas at the on-board bar on the France 1. The other ships – including the ketch in which Bernard Moitessier sailed around the world and a 1906 dredger – can be admired from the waterfront.