Photos: French Tall Ship L’Hermoine In Bermuda

May 26, 2015

[Updated with photos] A spectacular French visitor, the Tall Ship L’Hermione will make a one-day stop over in St. George’s today [May 26].

A full-scale replica of the historical 32-gun, 18th century warship that carried the Marquis de Lafayette back to General George Washington and the American Revolution in 1780, L’Hermione is regarded as one of the most important and most forgotten ships in US Naval history.

Update 2.39pm: Slideshow of the ship docked in St George’s


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The ship with Captain Yann Cariou, has 79 French and American crew on board. She is on route from Western France to Yorktown to begin her tour of North America. The ship is scheduled to arrive in St. George’s at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday and depart late in the afternoon.

L’Hermione is a result of 17 years of planning and is built with the same materials and methods as the original, including with wood from 3,000 oak trees. The ship is over 200 feet long, with 16,000 square feet of sail.

The Marquis de Lafayette was a French aristocrat and sympathizer with the upstart colonies, who served in George Washington’s army and secured vital French support for the revolution with news that the French were sending men and ships to help fight the British.

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  1. Mockingjay says:

    Looks like de Middle Passage Ships.

  2. Tom Cooke says:

    “With a tongue in cheek”

    I am sure that a member of my family once said when seeing a ship like this… “MEN…..FIRE AS YOUR GUNS BEAR “

    • Pascal says:

      Ok Tom, but nowadays this is allowed only on rugby pitches :)

  3. Christian says:

    I live in Rochefort, where this ship has been built and launched.
    The photos included in this page are magnificent !
    Fair wind to L’HERMIONE !

    • Bob says:

      The French regional newspaper “SUD OUEST” also thought that your photos are super, and it looks like the same ones in their article this morning, without credit to the photographer:
      http://www.sudouest.fr/2015/05/28/-1933874-4583.php

      • Pascal says:

        not fair, I agree… Some french readers of S-O have noticed the disrespect. Thanks anyway for the beautiful pics