At the beginning of 20th century, Lucien Ernouf, Master Mariner has already completed seven round the world on prestigious three or four-masted who liaised between France, New Caledonia and Chile, through the Cape Horn : prodigious time or the commanders of these sails cathedrals were often less than twenty five years!
Lucien was one of those adventurous men after stopping navigate, was launched in several cases before the operation of a shipping line between Chausey and the mainland.
Its ships, the Dream and the Seagull and the Albatros, now embark a population of vacationers beginning to show interest in these islands until frequented by quarrymen who extracted the granite.
In 1928, Lucien Ernouf buys his hotel Madame Moulin. To do this, he partnered with Louis Renault, the car manufacturer, recently arrived on the island, with whom he became friends.
It was at this time that the establishment definitely takes the name of « Hotel du Fort et des îles ». In the following years, several managers succeed in control of the hotel: Jules Quinette until 1932, then Mr. Rosas until the declaration of war and finally Mrs. Blondeau in 1946 whose memory is still alive among some Chausey residents.
In 1971, management was taken over by the family.
Now, after 130 years of business, the Hotel of Chausey is still run by descendants of Lucien Ernouf.
The successful business and gradually begin serving food to tourists.
Credits : Texts Gilbert Hurel, aquarelles J.L. Eve.