HERMIONE to come to U.S.


Frigate HERMIONE in drydock in Rochefort, France.

It’s now official, the Board of Directors of the Association Hermione-La Fayette approved the plan to sail the replica frigate across the Atlantic to the United States in 2015.

The original Hermione was a Concorde class frigate of the French Navy launched in Rochefort, France in 1779. She became famous when she ferried the Marquis de La Fayette to the U.S. in 1780 to allow him to join the American side in the American Revolutionary War.

More than 210 feet from stern to bow, with 16,000 square feet of sail spread over 3 masts, the Hermione was built according to plans by the engineer Chevillard Aîné. With the Courageuse, the Concorde and the Fée, the Hermione was part of a group of 4 frigates that were known for their speed and agility. They were fitted out with 26 cannons shooting 12-pound cannonballs.

Construction of the replica Hermione was begun in 1997 also in Rochefort.

Partners, funding, routes and port visit dates will be formalized in early 2014, working closely with Friends of Hermione-La Fayette in America, the American Association bringing the Hermione in the U.S.

The Association will launch the recruitment of crew during the first half of 2014. The crew will consist of about 80 people, a combination of professional mariners and volunteers.

With the agreement of the maritime authorities, Hermione will sail in September 2014 for a period of about 2 months to conduct technical trials and train crew before her departure to America in April 2015.