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Twenty years ago a small group met together and discussed the idea of reconstructing an exact replica of the Hermione. Now it is almost completed - originally one of the most authentically built Tall Ships ever. Meantime, the idea grew that the Hermione should sail to the USA - bringing to life the voyage made by Lafayette in 1780 and re-affirming the historic relationship between the United States and France. The Hermione's first voyage will take her across the Atlantic.

In April 2015, after a period of sea trials and training in 2014, Hermione will set sail for the USA. The journey will start from the mouth of the River Charente, in Port des Barques, where Lafayette boarded on March 10th, 1780. The transatlantic crossing is expected to take 27 days in total, before landfall at Yorktown, Virginia.


Enter the Hermione gallery to see the adventure in photos and videos! Explore from the beginning of construction to her dramatic launch and first times at sea. The galleries will be updated throughout the voyage.


Keep up to date on the thrilling adventure through the Hermione blog! Explore the history, craftsmanship, and voyage of the Hermione with posts on latest news coverage, stunning photos, elegant events, insightful interviews, and exciting developments.
THE HERMIONE
VITAL STATISTICS

height
177ft (54m)

beam
36ft 11in (11.2m)

draught
16ft 4in (5m)

masts
3
main: 155ft (47m)

pulleys
1,000
ropes
15 miles

length
213ft (65m)

weight laden
1,260 tons

sail area
330ft2 (1,000m2)

guns
26 gundeck
6 upperdeck


LOA
145ft (44.2m)

sail cloth
62ft2 (19, 2181m2)

crew
242

displacement
116 tons
materials
oak 40,965ft3 (1,160m3)
conifer 7,240ft3 (205m3)
iron 77,426lb (35,120kg)
lead 7,743lb (3,512kg)
tar 2,218lb (1,006kg)
oakum 6,651lb (3,017kg)
hemp 33,279lb (15,059kg)

full ship
bowsprit
keel


hold