Installed in Orléans and along the Loire, they were unruly (killing the town's senators when they felt they had been paid too slowly or too little) and resented by the local inhabitants.Many inhabitants around the present city have names bearing witness to the Alan presence – Allaines.With the increase in size of ocean-going ships, large ships can now navigate the estuary only up to about Nantes.Boats on the river were traditionally flat-bottomed boats, with large but foldable masts so the sails could gather wind from above the river banks, but the masts could be lowered in order to allow the boats to pass under bridges.An Inexplosible-type paddle steamer owned by the mairie was put in place in August 2007, facing Place de la Loire and containing a bar.
The canal is no longer used along its whole length.
The city was always a strategic point on the Loire, for it was sited at the river's most northerly point, and thus its closest point to Paris.
There were few bridges over the dangerous river Loire, but Orléans had one of them, and so became – with Rouen and Paris – one of medieval France's three richest cities.
This quarter's altitude varies from about 100 to 110 m (330 to 360 ft).
In Orléans, the Loire is separated by a submerged dike known as the dhuis into the Grande Loire to the north, no longer navigable, and the Petite Loire to the south.
The Valois-Orléans family later acceded to the throne of France via Louis XII then Francis I.