FLORIDA READIES ITS SUPPORT FOR LAFAYETTE'S HERMIONE 2015 VOYAGE February 3, 2014
AT LEFT, MILES YOUNG, PRESIDENT, FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA, DISCUSSING THE PLANNED L'HERMIONE 2015 VOYAGE WITH SOME OF THE GROUP'S PALM BEACH SUPPORTERS.
MILES YOUNG, SEATED SECOND AT RIGHT, ALONG WITH SOUTH FLORIDA SUPPORTERS OF FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA, AT CAFE BOULUD, PALM BEACH.
ON FEBRUARY 1ST, 2014, MILES YOUNG, PRESIDENT, FRIENDS OF HERMIONE-LAFAYETTE IN AMERICA, ADDRESSED LUNCHEON GUESTS AT THE CAFE BOULUD IN PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, ABOUT THE L’HERMIONE’S FIRST CROSSING OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND UPCOMING VISITS TO MANY CITIES, FROM YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA TO SAINT PIERRE ET MIQUELON, A SELF-GOVERNING TERRITORIAL OVERSEAS COLLECTIVITY OF FRANCE, IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN NEAR CANADA, IN 2015.
A 20-YEAR CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH L’HERMIONE
As Mr. Young noted to the Palm Beach supporters of The Friends of Hermione-LaFayette in America, twenty years ago a small group lead by Jean-Louis FROT, then-Mayor of Rochefort, France, met together and discussed the idea of reconstructing an exact replica of L’Hermione.
Now, more than 20 years later, L’Hermione is almost completed – originally one of the most authentically built Tall Ships ever.
In the meanwhile, the idea grew that L’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. To support this effort, in 2013, Friends of Hermione-LaFayette was established and soon joined its French friends as part of a broad American-French campaign on behalf of Lafayette and this famous French frigate.
In April 2015, after a period of sea trials and training in 2014, L’Hermione will set sail for the USA, Mr. Young explained to the Palm Beach group.
The journey will start from the mouth of the River Charente, in Port des Barques, where La Fayette boarded on March 10th, 1780. The transatlantic crossing is expected to take 27 days in total, before landfall at Yorktown, Virginia.
As L’Hermione moves up the Eastern seaboard, it will be accompanied by a traveling exhibition. It will be part of an expansive outreach program, digitally enabled, which will reach out to millions of people. Cultural events, exhibitions and educational programs will mark its progress.
Mr. Young’s talk is one of the first of many presentations the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette is currently organizing with cultural, historic, educational, civic, business and academic groups and institutions up and down the East Coast. A Florida Committee was officially formed that day.