By Vladimir Brezina
The Hermione was a French frigate that, most famously, in 1780 carried the Marquis de Lafayette to America with news of French help for the American Revolution. The Hermione was then a brand-new ship, having been built in Rochefort, France, in 1779. She survived only another few years, being wrecked in 1793.
But now there is Hermione 2.0! A full-scale replica, she was built again in Rochefort and launched in 2014. Earlier this summer, she sailed across the Atlantic for a tour of the major US ports of Franco-American historical significance.
We went to see her when she arrived in New York City.
Here is a selection of photos from that visit (click on any photo to start slideshow):
L’Hermione among the other historical ships at NYC’s South Street Seaport
The flag, hard to miss
The ship entire
On the other side of the pier: El Galeón Andalucía, a Spanish ship at least two centuries older
Enjoying the day
Long line to board L’Hermione
The deck is full of visitors
We join the line
Every line has a function… and there are a lot of them
The lion figurehead
The lion displays the fleur-de-lis
Back to the 18th century
The Captain, perhaps
Dr. Franklin takes the wheel
This being a French vessel, there had to be a chest to store the champagne…
Back in the 18th century, pirates were probably discouraged from boarding
Lines carefully coiled
Looking up the mast
Canvas and hemp
Farewell to L’Hermione
And here are more photos of L’Hermione’s visit to NYC by tugster.