Rochefort, 15th April 2015 – On Saturday 18th April the replica 18th Century frigate, Hermione is scheduled to depart French shores en route for The Americas, retracing the journey that took Lafayette over the Atlantic for the War of Independence.
Hermione is the largest and most authentically built tall ship created in the past 150 years. Over the past two decades, she has been recreated using traditional methods with specialist artisans travelling to France from all over the world, with visitors viewing the progress from the dry dock. On Saturday 18th April this 65 metre long ship will depart Rochefort on her 6,054 nautical mile (11,200 km) journey; starting from the mouth of the River Charente, in Port des Barques, where Lafayette boarded on March 10th 1780. On her return at the end of August, she will resume her life as a working museum.
- 00: Hermione will leave her mooring on the island of Aix and sail up the Charente River
- 00: Hermione will turn up the Charente to Soubise before returning to the harbour on l’île d’Aix.
- 30: Fire work display will salute Hermione before she leaves for America.
- 30: Hermione departs for the States via the Canary Islands.
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