The Château de Brest is a castle in Brest, Finistère, France. The oldest monument in the town, it is located at the mouth of the river Penfeld at the heart of the roadstead of Brest, one of the largest roadsteads in the world. From the Roman castellum to Vauban's citadel, the site has over 1700 years of history, holding right up to the present day its original role as a military fortress and a strategic location of the highest importance.
During the 18th century, the most important traffic in the roadstead of Brest was assured by big two-masted gabares which brought every day to Penfell harbour huge cargos of firewood loaded in the Le Faou or Chateaulin rivers.
An old forgotten lithograph of Le Faou harbour showing men hauling a lugger, by the antiquarian Bachelot de la Pylaie who gave some good written descriptions of the life in the small harbours of Brest's roadstead., c.1830..