1780 a young Frenchman set sail to the shores of America and landed in ’s harbor. He was bound to join General Washington. No further clue is required, right*? Well, the name of the frigate on which he travelled was “l’Hermione”, a boat that sank unceremoniously on September 20, 1793 off the coast of Boston . Brittany
The Association Hermione-La Fayette has now made it its “raison d’être” to rebuilt the warship exactly as it was 225 years ago with techniques and tools of the time!
And while it took approximately 6 months in the 18th century to build a frigate, it will take as much as 12 years this time around, essentially due to financing concerns. But as this undertaking was launched in 1997 it should be completed by 2009 and launched with a maiden trip to
2 years later. Boston
So after Yorktown, the Statue of liberty and the always friendly approach
France has had toward , now comes another symbol of friendship. Notwithstanding the hard times she’s sometimes having from America America, France simply doesn’t pay attention and keeps on displaying gestures of goodwill and amity towards . America
Now the question is: why are the French so annoying?
La Fayette and : America
“The frigate which the King gave me”, as
La Fayette phrased it, was the frigate “L’Hermione”, entirely built and outfitted in the shipyards of the Rochefort Arsenal. She was appointed - by order of Louis XVI’s royal cabinet - to the secret mission La Fayette had been entrusted with, a mission consisting in informing General of the imminent arrival of sea and land military supports which were meant to help him in the rebellion of the American “insurgents” against British tyranny. Washington