Hermione, 18th Century French Ship, Visits New York City For Fourth of July Celebrations



Seventeen years in the re-making and travelling 3,819 miles across the Atlantic from Rochefort, France, the Hermione, the authentically reconstructed ship that brought the young Marquis de Lafayette and word of vital French aid to the American Revolution in 1780, is expected to arrive in New York City today July 1, 2015 and stay through July 4, 2015.

« The Hermione’s visit to New York, as a symbol of France’s immense role in the Revolutionary War, is perfectly fitting for America’s most patriotic holiday – the Fourth of July, » expressed Miles Young, president of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette. « Through the Hermione Voyage 2015, Americans can relive and rediscover their country’s history in a unique, interactive way. »

« The friendship between France and the U.S. goes right back to our beginnings.

To host this stunning replica of Lafayette’s Hermione at the South Street Seaport Museum, the birthplace of New York as we know it, is sublimely perfect.

Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette
Political figure
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de Lafayette, Marquis de Lafayette, in the U.S. often known simply as Lafayette, was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought for the United States in the American Revolutionary War.
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This very waterfront hosted ships just like this one in the late 18th century.

We’re thrilled to have Hermione and her crew here in New York, and more importantly at the Seaport Museum, » stated Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the South Street Seaport Museum, which is hosting the vessel.

About the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc.
In 2015, a handcrafted replica of the Hermione the 18th century frigate that brought the young Marquis de Lafayette with French troops back to General Washington, a historic voyage that changed the course in our quest for independence – will return to America. The Hermione’s itinerary reaffirms the historic relationship between the United States and France. The Friends of Lafayette-Hermione in America, Inc., a non-profit group, supports this exciting adventure – partnering alongside local heritage and nautical groups, students and teachers K-through-12, and many cultural organizations, museums and universities – with a full program of exciting educational, musical, culinary and special events scheduled at each port during 2015.

About South Street Seaport Museum
South Street Seaport Museum, the congressionally designated National Maritime Museum, is a non-profit cultural institution preserving and promoting the historic district of South Street Seaport in New York City. Founded on May 22, 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum (SSSM) is dedicated to telling the vital story of the foundation of New York and its link to its great natural harbor. The Museum preserves and interprets the history of New York City as a place where goods, labor and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities. The Seaport Museum is located in a 12 square-block historic district on the East River in Lower Manhattan, the site of the original port of New York City. The Museum’s campus is comprised of key historic locations such as Schermerhorn Row, our working trade centers on Water Street, and on the « Street of Ships » at Pier 16. These exhibitions and educational facilities are located in the South Street Seaport district in New York City’s largest concentration of restored early nineteenth century commercial buildings. The Museum houses exhibition galleries,
working nineteenth century print shops, a maritime library, a maritime craft center, and a fleet of vessels on « the street of ships » on the East River.

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