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French replica of revolutionary frigate sets sail for Boston

Replica of French frigate sent to help American revolutionaries setting sail for Boston

The three masts of the 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, Wednesday, ...
The 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The...
U.S sailing enthusiast from Newport, waves a flag as the frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to ...
The 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The...
The three masts of the 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, Wednesday, ...
The three masts of the 213 feet long frigate Hermione leaves the port of La Rochelle southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, We...

France Hermione Lafayette

The three masts of the 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, Wednesday, ...

France Hermione Lafayette

The 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The...

France Hermione Lafayette

U.S sailing enthusiast from Newport, waves a flag as the frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to ...

France Hermione Lafayette

The 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The...

France Hermione Lafayette

The three masts of the 213 feet long frigate Hermione sails at La Rochelle, southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, Wednesday, ...

France Hermione Lafayette

The three masts of the 213 feet long frigate Hermione leaves the port of La Rochelle southwest France, as part of preparation of a trip to America, We...

FOURAS, France (AP) -- With champagne, fireworks and a presidential blessing, a painstakingly built replica of the frigate once used to bring French troops and funds to American revolutionaries is setting sail for Boston.

Saturday night's celebratory sendoff for the 25 million euro ($27 million) Hermione seeks to retrace the 65-meter (213-foot) frigate's trans-Atlantic journey in 1780, when its namesake under Marquis de Lafayette's command helped to lay the foundation of French-American relations.

Lafayette persuaded French King Louis XVI to provide military and financial support to George Washington's troops. Lafayette set sail on March 21, 1780, arrived 38 days later in Boston, and played an important role in the revolutionaries' ultimate defeat of Britain.

French President Francois Hollande plans to take a short trip on the ship ahead of its official departure Saturday night.


Updated : 2021-09-21 07:24 GMT+08:00