The Hermione has set sail


On Sunday, September 17, after seventeen years of construction, the Hermione sailed off for a 2-months trial period, before it begins its transatlantic journey in 2015, in the wake of Lafayette’s 1780 adventure.

The ship left La Rochelle harbor in the middle the day, under the command of Mr. Yann Cariou, a former Navy officer and former commander of the “Belem”; it later reached the Ile d’Aix, where its masts were put back together.

After several weeks of training, the frigate will sail to Bordeaux, and will be open to the public between October 9 and October 13. The Hermione will then return to its building berth by mid-November, for the final adjustments before its sets off on its transatlantic voyage.

As this historic ship is preparing to anchor in New York in July of 2015, an exhibition will be held on September 23 at the Consulate General of France, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, at the following address: 934 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10021. The exhibition will feature information on the story of l’Hermione, as well as a screening.

Additionally, the Friends of l’Hermione-Lafayette in America is organizing a gala dinner aboard the Intrepid on October 14, in honor of the reconstruction of the ship on which Lafayette embarked to help the United States regain their independence.

This gala will be an opportunity to raise funds for the Hermione’s journey, as well as cultural and educational French-American programs that will be part of the ship’s stops.

Among the guests of honor will be Dr. Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State, and Mr. Charlie Rose, TV talk-show host and journalist. Mrs. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, will also be present and will be interviewed by Mr. Charlie Rose.

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Last modified on 19/09/2014

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