The celebration of Lafayette’s Hermione Voyage of 2015 took place in intimate fashion on Tuesday, May 5th with remarks provided by the Ambassador of France to the U.S., The president of the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette Miles Young, among others, while enjoying a unique cocktail created in light of the Lafayette family motto of ‘why not?’. The Hermione, of course, is the 1,260-ton frigate that first sailed from Rochefort, France in 1780 to Washington with the message of French support of the revolution. In the interest of preserving history, the 2015 voyage is focused on increasing awareness of Lafayette and France’s role in the revolution and accent the strong Franco-American relationship. The project hasn’t been brief – it has taken 17 years to complete the replica of the original ship to exacting perfection including using French Oak trees and hand-sewn sails. With support from Moet-Hennessy, government officials and private individuals, the ship will serve as an educational experience and a highlight in the history of shipbuilding. She will make a 3,819-mile transatlantic voyage with a highly trained crew of approximately 70 individuals, dressed in the style of the era of the revolution and living in environments comparable to the original ship. Since two barrels of Hennessy cognac were present on the original voyage, the new ship will hold two barrels of Hennessy limited edition 250th Anniversary Collector Blend cognac. Hermione will make multiple stops in historically significant ports and cities in the United States, with opportunities for locals to interact with the ship and learn about the history of period ships as well as the legacy of Lafayette. It will land in New York City around the 4th of July leading a special people’s parade of ships and private vessels around the Statue of Liberty and up the Hudson River. Learn more including a schedule of city stops and schedule of events at www.hermione2015.com

 

-Ben Schmidt