The French tall sailing ship Hermione visited the Washington, D.C. area, 9-14 June 2015. It is a working full-scale replica of the French 18th century frigate warship that once transported ...
Gilbert du Motier the Marquis de Lafayette to the newly independent United States to meet General George Washington with news of French military aid in 1780 during the American Revolutionary War. It was a Concorde class 32 gun frigate, and participated in the naval blockade of the British, contributing to the defeat of General Cornwallis by Washington and [French Admiral] Rochambeau in the siege of Yorktown, Virginia.—Potomac River Sailing Association.
The British captured the Hermione’s sister ship, La Concorde, in 1783. Before putting it into their service, they made a study of the ship, making drawings and plans. These plans were preserved, and formed the basis for the Hermione replica.
The photo was taken from a vantage point at National Colonial Farm, in Accokeek, Maryland, looking across the Potomac River toward Mount Vernon, Virginia, George Washington's family home.
9 June 2015.
- Photo courtesy Albert Cizauskas, Jr. Camera: Canon EOS 40D. All rights reserved.
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