La Rochelle is known today as a maritime and port city, with several elements referring to its maritime and industrial past.
Built at the end of the 19th century, the port of La Pallice led to a new maritime industry and the development of a working-class district.
Despite shipyards meltdown at the end of the 1980s, modernisation of the port and transformations of the district, the industrial memory of the place has not disappeared and buildings bear the marks of this.
The trawler basin, for its part, has been marked by industrial fishing and a ship repair industry around the slipway. Today, the Maritime Museum tells this story. Ship repair and industrial fishing gave way to a new nautical industry and cultural tourism, but the district has retained its port, maritime and industrial soul.