This week, Saturday 18th April to be precise, the ship Hermione is scheduled to depart French shores en route for The Americas, retracing the journey that took Lafayette over the Atlantic in the War of Independence. Lafayette of course was aligned with the settlers, fighting against us awful Brits, helping the first Americans establish their soverignty. MagellanStraits will be at this historic event and reporter Alexandra Pinhorn will be sending updates via both Twitter and Facebook – look out for the hashtag #HermioneVoyage and follow the official stream, @HermioneVoyage.
So what or who is Hermione? Well, this is a wonderful, “big idea” project that has taken 20 years to come to this point. In 1995, an idea was hatched to rebuild the Hermione and replicate the ship that took Lafayette to America in order to promote her home dockyard, the former Royal Dockyard at Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France.
Over two decades, Hermione was built using traditional methods with craftsmen travelling to France from all over the world to help with this project with the result that Hermione is the largest and most authentically built tall ship created in the past 150 years. All the time, visitors could view the work in progress for Hermione was sited in a dry dock, allowing her to become, in essence, a working museum.
After she returns home from America, she will once again be moored in Rochefort, returning in triumph to resume her second career as a working museum although, of course, she will no doubt sail the seas again in the Tall Ships Races.
This is her planned itinerary so if you are located in the US, you will soon, keeping all fingers crossed, be able to see her for yourself – a marine ambassador for the entire Poitou-Charentes region.
Yorktown – 5th – 12th June
Annapolis – 16th – 17th June
Baltimore – 19th – 21st June
Philadelphia – 25th – 28th June (Tall Ships America)
NYC – 1st – 4th July
Greenport – 6th – 7th July (Tall Ships America)
Newport – 8th – 9th July
Boston – 11th – 12th July
Castine – 14th – 15th July
Lunenburg – 18th July
St Pierre – 23rd July
She is scheduled to return home on 29th August 2015.
You can follow Hermione’s transatlantic adventure by following on Twitter (@HermioneVoyage) on Facebook (Hermione Voyage), on Pinterest and on Instagram. You can even become a Hermione Ambassador, if, like us, you are in awe of the realisation of this grand adventure and want to help share her news.
Contributor: Sue Lowry
Photographs courtesy of: Copyright CMT-S.Sicot.
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