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LA FAYETTE HERMIONE PAINTED

SKU: TS0048P

Specification:

80L x 16W x 76H (cm)

31.50L x 6.30W x 30H (inch)

Packing volume: 0.26 m³ = 9.32 ft³

Categgory:
- TALL SHIPS

LA FAYETTE HERMIONE PAINTED

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Our model is hand-crafted from hard wood with planks on frame construction and painted exactly like the replica ship. Model is fully assembled and ready for display.


Color: Blue, black, yellow, white, red


HISTORY

The Hermione is a 12-pounder Concorde class frigate, completed in Rochefort by the Asselin organisation in 2014. She is a reproduction of the 1779 Hermione, which achieved fame by ferrying General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 to allow him to rejoin the American side in the American Revolutionary War.

Construction
This project was conceived by members of the Centre International de la Mer in 1992, and construction began in 1997, envisaging a launch in April 2015 (as compared to the original, which took less than a year to build).

The shipyard was in one of the two dry docks beside the Corderie Royale at Rochefort.

As far as possible, traditional construction methods were used although modern power tools were substituted for the period tools on some jobs. The site is open to the public, and admission fees help fund the project.

English plans of a sister ship, Concorde, were used. The cost was estimated to be $22 million. The original plans had been modified in several ways for reasons of strength and safety: planks had been bolted rather than pegged to avoid movement during the long period of construction. Similarly, the mast sections were fastened with glue rather than metal hoops to avoid water penetration. The cannons are lightweight and non-functional to save weight, and for safety reasons. Hemp rigging was used, and the sails made of linen.

An engine will be used for safety, and electric generators for lighting and basic amenities.

2015 voyage

In preparation for a transatlantic voyage in 2015, the frigate departed from Rochefort and started her sea-worthiness trials on 7 September 2014.

In April 2015, Hermione started her return voyage to the United States. Hermione’s itinerary is meant to reaffirm the relationship between the United States and France.

More history of this ship...

In 1776 relations between Great Britain and the partisans for independence from the colonies of North America are tarnished. The Marquis de La Fayette upon his return to France from America endeavours to obtain France's support to the conflict. The Marquis de La Fayette conviced Louis XVI to give his backing. In 1780, La Fayette embarked on the Hermione to fight alongside the American insurgents for independence.

Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette once said that he loved liberty “with the enthusiasm of religion, the rapture of love, and the conviction of geometry.” In pursuit of this passion, he dedicated his life to the creation of democracy in America and France. Revered by many in both the new world and the old, La Fayette became known as the “Hero of Two Worlds.”

Born in Auvergne, France, La Fayette’s ambition was to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an officer. He joined the French army at the age of 16. Like many of his countrymen, he developed an abiding enthusiasm for the ideal put forth in America’s Declaration of Independence. He invested his own funds and outfitted a frigate, sailing for America in 1777, where he joined the forces of General George Washington, with whom he established a lifelong friendship.

In 1779, the Marquis de La Fayette traveled back to France for the birth of his son, whom he named George Washington du Motier. In March of 1780, he sailed from Rochefort, France on the frigate L’Hermione, arriving in Boston in April.
In 1781, the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia was a victory by the combined American and French force led by General George Washington, the Marquis de La Fayette, and the Comte de Rochambeau over the British army commanded by General Lord Charles Cornwallis. The surrender of Cornwallis’ army caused the British government to negotiate an end to the American Revolutionary War.

In 2007, France and the United States will salute La Fayette’s achievements with a celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth. A variety of events and activities will hail La Fayette’s contributions to democracy and promote positive relations between the United States and France.



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