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Aug8
HISTORIC RE-ENACTORS ADD AUTHENTICITY TO HERMIONE 2015 VOYAGE
Aug5
Say Au Revoir to The Hermione: Last Stop in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia Before Returning to France
Jul28
Lafayette at Monticello: “The Happy days I Have Past” : A Talk with Assistant Curator Emilie Johnson, Monticello
Jul21
A Talk with Ursula Reed, Chair, Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route, and Dr. Robert Selig, Historian, W3R-US
Jul18
HERMIONE MAKES A BIG IMPACT IN CASTINE, MAINE – ON BASTILLE DAY, JULY 14, 2015
Jul13
HERMIONE FRIGATE ARRIVES IN BOSTON TO TUMULTUOUS WELCOME ON JULY 11, 2015
Jul11
A Talk with David Dearinger, Curator of Lafayette: An American Icon at the Boston Athenæum
Jul10
Hermione Arrives in Historic Newport, Rhode Island
Jul9
Greenport, NY Greets Hermione with Great Fanfare July 6-7 Visit Warmly Welcomed on Long Island
Jul5
HERMIONE FRIGATE IN VIEW OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY DURING JULY 4 PARADE OF SHIPS
Jul2
Triumphant Arrival of Hermione to New York’s Pier 15 at South Street Seaport Museum
Jun29
THE HERMIONE RE-ENACTMENT DINNER AT PHILADELPHIA’S CITY TAVERN IS AN AUTHENTIC BLAST! Marquis-mania Enlivens Philadelphia Waterfront with Tall Ships
Jun25
FRENCH-AMERICAN LIAISON EXTRAORDINAIRE: A TALK WITH NICOLE YANCEY
Jun22
HERMIONE’S BENEDICT DONNELLY SPEAKS IN ANNAPOLIS
Jun17
A Conversation with Paul Raschilla, Partner, AKF Group A Supporter of Hermione’s Visit to the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland
Jun10
Fireworks At Mount Vernon, Virginia During Hermione’s Visit on June 9, 2015
Jun8
Hermione Arrives In Yorktown With A Bang!
Jun2
Rendezvous of France’s Hermione and U.S. Navy’s USS Mitscher Off Virginia Coast
Jun1
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION HERMIONE-LA FAYETTE
May29
A Talk with Dr. Valerie Paley, New-York Historical Society on Its Current Exhibit: “Lafayette’s Return: The “Boy General,” the American Revolution, and the Hermione.”
May26
The Florida Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America Host Four Successful Fundraisers Collecting $200,000
May7
Lafayette’s Arrival on April 27, 1780 Celebrated By Massachusetts Lafayette Society On Hancock’s Wharf, Boston
May5
Hermione-Lafayette President Miles Young Addresses Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island
Apr30
WORLD PREMIERE OF LAFAYETTE,
Apr13
LAFAYETTE, THE PLAY at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall Theater in New York
Apr7
LAFAYETTE COMES ALIVE: A TALK WITH LAURENT FERRI, CURATOR AND ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Apr2
Lafayette’s Key Role in the American Revolution is Celebrated in a New Society of the Cincinnati Exhibit
Mar25
FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA GATHER IN PALM BEACH FOR CELEBRATORY GALA
Mar24
Gérard Araud, French Ambassador Welcomes Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. at Washington, D.C. Reception
Mar18
PRINCE CHARLES LEARNS OF HERMIONE’S VISIT TO GEORGE WASHINGTON’S MOUNT VERNON
Mar15
Commonwealth of Virginia Declares March 14 as Lafayette Day
Mar14
Hermione Frigate Welcomes Hennessy on Board
Mar9
HERMIONE’S ARTISANAL ACHIEVEMENT
Feb18
AHOY! HERMIONE SETS SAIL TO AMERICA….AGAIN!
Feb14
French Language Students in New England Invited To Enter Hermione Contest
Jan31
Hermione-Lafayette Rallies Support in Coral Gables, Florida
Jan18
2015 – The Year of Hermione Comes to the United States
Dec23
FRANCE MAGAZINE DEVOTES COVER STORY TO THE HERMIONE!
Dec9
THE MARQUIS: LAFAYETTE RECONSIDERED
Dec8
FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA SALUTE OUR ARMED FORCES ON VETERANS DAY
Dec4
LAFAYETTE SYMPOSIUM AT LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE NEW YORK
Dec4
NYC GATHERING WITH MILES YOUNG, PRESIDENT, FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA
Dec3
BRITISH TRAVEL WRITERS COMMEND HERMIONE FRIGATE PROJECT IN 2014
Nov12
ABOARD HERMIONE: MARC JENSEN’S LOG NOTES
Oct15
GALA HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA ON THE USS INTREPID
Oct14
FOH-LA’S MARC JENSEN ON BOARD HERMIONE IN BORDEAUX!
Oct10
HERMIONE’S TRIUMPHAL ARRIVAL IN BORDEAUX!
Sep16
THE SIEGE WILL COMMENCE TOMORROW AT YORKTOWN
Sep8
HERMIONE ON ITS WAY TO THE ATLANTIC!
Sep6
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAFAYETTE!
Sep2
THE PERILS OF PEACE – CELEBRATING THE 231ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES
Aug21
MARC JENSEN – HERMIONE’S “MARITIME AMBASSADOR”
Jul13
LAFAYETTE – HERO OF TWO WORLDS, THREE REVOLUTIONS
Jul3
CHEF WALTER STAIB VISITS HERMIONE TO FILM “A TASTE OF HISTORY” EPISODE
Jun25
MILES YOUNG RECEIVES NAVY LEAGUE’s LEADERSHIP AWARD
Jun11
FRENCH NAVY FRIGATE LA FAYETTE VISITS YORKTOWN COMMEMORATING FRANCO-AMERICAN ALLIANCE
Jun9
GALA CELEBRATES HERMIONE FRENCH FRIGATE OF LIBERTY ABOARD USS INTREPID on OCTOBER 14, 2014
May22
AHOY! SAVE THE DATE: OCT. 14, 2014 GALA ABOARD THE INTREPID TO CELEBRATE HERMIONE 2015 VOYAGE
Apr15
MEET ANNE RENAULT – HERMIONE’S SAILMAKER
Apr10
BEFORE NEW AMSTERDAM, NEW YORK WAS CALLED NEW ANGOULÊME!
Mar28
LAFAYETTE IN FOCUS AT UPCOMING MONTICELLO SYMPOSIUM
Mar25
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 7 – ANCHORS AWAY!
Mar18
YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT LAFAYETTE WAS A FAMOUS HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Feb23
DRUM ROLL FOR L’HERMIONE FROM SONS OF THE REVOLUTION!
Feb16
ADOPTED SON: WASHINGTON, LAFAYETTE, AND THE FRIENDSHIP THAT SAVED THE REVOLUTION
Feb6
VISIT TO MONTICELLO BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT HOLLANDE OF FRANCE
Feb3
FLORIDA TO SUPPORT LAFAYETTE’S 2015 HERMIONE VOYAGE
Feb2
PHILADELPHIA PREPARES FOR LAFAYETTE’S 2015 HERMIONE VOYAGE
Jan27
A FRENCH SILVER BOTTLE SLIDER: LAFAYETTE’S GIFT TO WASHINGTON
Jan16
MILES YOUNG BRINGS LESSONS OF L’HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE TO LYCEE FRANCAIS de NEW YORK
Jan14
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 6 – THE SPRITSAIL, SYMBOL OF ANCIENT NAVIGATION
Dec31
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 5: HERMIONE’S BALLAST: STABLE AND STRONG
Dec27
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 4: HERMIONE ARTISANS SET SAIL IN A RUSSIAN FRIGATE
Dec2
PBS – “LAFAYETTE: THE LOST HERO” AIRS 9PM, DECEMBER 3, 2013
Nov15
“RECREATING LAFAYETTE’S FRIGATE” IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
Nov11
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 3: POWERING THE HERMIONE
Sep26
NEW YORK WELCOMES HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE VOYAGE 2015 TO THE USA AT FRENCH CONSULATE RECEPTION ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2013
Sep25
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 2: GETTING THE DETAILS RIGHT
Sep25
WELCOME TO OUR BRAND NEW WEBSITE
Sep24
CAPTAIN’S CHRONICLE NO. 1: WELCOME!
Sep23
INTRODUCING OUR NEW LOGO
Sep19
AUTHENTICITY BUT WITH A TOUCH OF MODERNITY
Sep19
THE THIRD MAST IS INSTALLED
Jun15
RISING SPLENDOR
Apr4
L’HERMIONE GAINS HER FINAL TWO LOWER MASTS
Mar25
THE FIRST STAGE OF THE MAST CONSTRUCTION
Nov12
UNVEILING OF THE FIGUREHEAD
Mar31
MARCH 2012 PHOTO GALLERY BY PHILIP PLISSON
Jan20
REBIRTH OF THE BOAT LOCKS
Jan17
PREPARING FOR LAUNCH, PHASE 2: THE SHORING
Jan5
PREPARING FOR LAUNCH, PHASE 1: DISMANTLING THE TENT
Dec28
INSTALLATION OF THE ENGINES
Dec14
COMPLETION OF THE ORNAMENTS
Nov18
FLANGES FOR THE ENGINE
Nov15
END OF THE HULL’S PAINT JOB
Nov11
COMPLETION OF THE QUARTER GALLERIES
Jul8
THE RIGGING: START OF THE WORK
CHEF WALTER STAIB VISITS HERMIONE TO FILM “A TASTE OF HISTORY” EPISODE
Chef Walter Staib Films Aboard Hermione for an Upcoming Culinary Episode July 3, 2014

CHEF STAIB, ALONG WITH PHOTOGRAPHER, JIM DAVEY (LEFT), WERE SHOOTING FOOTAGE FOR AN UPCOMING EPISODE OF "THE TASTE OF HISTORY," SERIES THAT WILL AIR ON PBS-TV AND OTHER STATIONS. PHOTO COURTESY: JIM DAVEY

MILES AND MILES OF ROPE: AT THE TIME OF ITS CONSTRUCTION IN 1685, THE CORDERIE ROYALE WAS THE SINGLE LONGEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD, LONGER THAN EVEN THE END-TO-END WIDTH SUN KING'S VERSAILLES PALACE.

THEN AS NOW, ROCHEFORT IS A BUSTLING HUB FOR SEAFOOD, AND MERCHANDISE OF ALL KINDS. IN THIS 18TH CENTURY PAINTING BY JOSEPH VERNET, WORKERS, BUYERS AND SELLERS ARE BUSTLING AT ONE OF ROCHEFORT'S DOCKS. CLAUDE-JOSPEH VERNET (1714-1789)

Editor’s Note: In early June 2014, Chef Walter Staib, City Tavern, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, traveled to see the Hermione tall ships frigate in Rochefort, France. There, Chef Staib filmed a segment for “The Taste of History” series. This history-and-culinary-themed episode will be broadcast on PBS (and other networks) and celebrates the heralded return of the Hermione to Yorktown, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, among other US ports in 2015.

For this episode, Chef Staib was filmed on board and in and around Rochefort, the vessel’s homeport in Charente-Maritime region in southwestern France, famous for its seafood, by Jim Davey of Multi Media Productions, Inc., Richboro, Pennsylvania.

Supported with a generous donation by a strong supporter of Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Chef Staib’s Hermione episode, featuring recipes from the American Revolutionary era enjoyed by both Lafayette and General Washington, will air later this year.

Here below is Chef Staib’s travel account to Rochefort.

Sailing Back in Time – A flight, a Few Time Zones & Two Centuries

I am a culinary ambassador to the 18th century. One of the many men who inspire me the most is the Marquis de Lafayette. We’ll get into this life a bit more later, but for now, I’ll just say I was excited when I first learned about the project to recreate his 1780 frigate ship, L’Hermione.

It was a challenge to find time and the resources to go to the source and film where it was being built in Rochefort, France for my show “A Taste of History.” The show combines cooking and history and teaches viewers little-known facts about the founding of America and the world in the 18th century. Thanks to the Miles Young, president of the Friends of Hermione – Lafayette in America and some exceptionally helpful people in Philadelphia, we made it happen. I didn’t go into this completely unprepared. I met with the curator of Independence Seaport Museum Craig Bruns, who brought a trove of ship sketches and primary resources. The Library Company of Philadelphia, which was founded by none other than Benjamin Franklin, chipped in with menus and documentation about Lafayette in America, as did archivists from Mount Vernon in Virginia.

I flew to France and took a train to the little town Rochefort, about 20 km in-land, armed with a production crew and a sense of curiosity. Standing there, right there where the ship towered over me, in the very same dry dock that the original ship sat, that was an amazing moment for me personally and for the show! I met with historian and author Emmanuel de Fontainieu, who explained how much rope and manpower it took to raise an anchor at a capstan.

On board, I talked with experts who enlightened me on all kinds of things. Who knew it took 1200 m2 of sails to make the ship fast? Anne Renaud, sail maker, told me about the process of making 17 sails from linen woven in England to keep them light in weight. Captain Yann Cariou described his forthcoming 2015 voyage in detail, comparing it to his experiences in the French Navy and on commercial tall ships. A captain is a conductor of a great orchestra. Every little piece must be in harmony or it won’t work, but the consequence of a sour note is a casualty at sea.

There are so many things I learned on this trip to film the ship for my show, “A Taste of History.” Many things that make total sense, but that never occurred to me, came into reality. King Louis XIV fortified the military harbor that was established in 1665. He built his marina in Southwestern France for ship building not on the sea, but in-land along a winding tributary of the Charente River. That put the port in a much safer area where attacking ships could not easily reach the commissaries, docks, and merchants that made shipbuilding possible.

Another new tidbit — this ship takes 30 km – 18 miles! – of rope to operate all its sails. That’s a lot of rope. Just to make that much rope for each ship being built each year, the French king had the “Corderie Royale” or royal rope factory built. When it opened, it was the largest building in Europe to accommodate all that hand woven rope. It’s unbelievable, but they could build one of these massive ships in just six months.

The restored Corderie Royale, the bistros, bakeries, and blacksmith shops, all of it is still here and this place feels like you’re walking through a town in the 18th century. It’s easy to forget it’s the 21st century and that I boarded a plane, train and taxi to get here. It was amazing to stand where Lafayette stood to board his new ship, but more importantly, where thousands of tradesmen came and went doing their daily work. That’s another thing I learned – each component, or ingredient in a recipe for a ship, must be strong for the ship to voyage the ocean. The hand-sewn sails work with the braided cordage ropes that work with the French oak planks that are held together with hand forged nails.

L’Hermione was the ship that changed the American Revolution and the history of our nation. In 1780, Lafayette contracted it and sailed with a crew of about 316 and his retinue of 14 to the American Colonies to announce France’s participation in the revolutionary war. He was bitter to the English because his father died in the French Indian war. He was a dear friend to George Washington, like a son to the general, and he pleaded with the king of France to be on the right side of history, at the side of the new nation formed on democracy.

L’Hermione is not just a time capsule, but also a study in the craftsmanship of the 18th century and the life of an everyday sailor. It wasn’t easy. As a chef, I think it wasn’t much of a delicious life, either. Shops in town catered to the ships. Butchers salted meat, fishmongers salted fish, and shops dried tomatoes and fruit to sell to the captains preparing for a long voyage crossing the ocean.  That was for the officers. Sailors got hard tack, or dried, hard biscuits, that bakeries made by the pound for outgoing vessels.

The kitchen in the recreated L’Hermione is not the same as the original. It’s equipped for the modern crew of professional sailors and volunteers that will take a six-week voyage from Rochefort to America in spring 2015. I’ll be here on the dock in Philadelphia to welcome her back to the city. And just as the Continental Congress did in 1780, I’ll walk just blocks from the river to my restaurant City Tavern to celebrate with a feast in true 18th century style.

For more information on Chef Staib, visit www.staib.com. Learn more about his show at www.atasteofhistory.org or look for it on your local PBS station and television listings. To experience an 18th century meal and make reservations at City Tavern Restaurant, visit: www.citytavern.com

American Revolution history buffs, admirers of Washington, Jefferson and Lafayette, nautical enthusiasts and followers interested in L’Hermione’s 2015 voyage from Rochefort, France to the Eastern seaboard are invited to follow this blog for all the latest news and plans in 2014 and 2015.

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