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It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet L’Hermione.

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 24, 2015

IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS L’HERMIONE!

Courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

Courtesy of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America

WHERE YOU’LL FIND HER:
AT TALL SHIPS® PHILADELPHIA-CAMDEN 2015 (JUNE 25 – 28)
AT GREENPORT TALL SHIPS® 2015 (JULY 6 – 7)

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
French Pronunciation: LAIR-me-un
Wizarding Tricks: Does not respond to Accio Tall Ship!

Twenty years ago, a small group of visionaries met under the leadership of Rochefort’s then Mayor Jean-Louis Frot and imagined reconstructing an authentic 18th-Century replica of the Hermione, the French frigate that carried the young Lafayette to General Washington, pledging full French support for America’s cause. Started in 1997, HERMIONE is known as a Concorde-Class “frigate of 12,” a reference to the 12-lb shot fired by her 26 principal cannons, which are supplemented by six smaller guns firing 6-lb balls. In 1779, her launching was the climax of an 11-month construction. The modern project took 15 years to complete, culminating with her launching in 2012. HERMIONE is planked with oak over tightly spaced double-sawn oak framing, and all of her backbone timbers are also oak. Her oak planking varies in thickness from 3” below the waterline to 7” above, where the planking would defend against cannon fire. She is a three masted frigate, 212ft long sparred with 23,680 sq ft of linen cloth spread over 19 sails. Her mainmast towers at 153ft and she is crewed by 79 volunteer sailors and officers. This is her maiden voyage.

SHIP FACTS:
Vessel Type: Full Rigged Ship
Flag: FRANCE
Homeport: La Rochelle, France
Sparred length: 212’
Rig height: 153’
Sail area: 22,066 square feet
Power: 400 HP PODs
Hull: wood

Join us every Tuesday for more profiles of the ships participating in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2015 Race Series.

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