July 9, 2015
With Hermione’s Superintendent Bruno Gravellier, left, and Captain Yann Cariou, right, in full uniform, they are welcomed ashore in Greenport, New York, on July 6, 2015 to the accompaniment of bagpipe and fife. Photo Credit: Estefany Molina: (http://instagram.com/yosoyestefany/)
At each port of call, including Greenport, New York, educational panels describing the Hermione Voyage 2015 Project are displayed to educate visitors about the key role the French played in winning our independence. Photo Credit: Estefany Molina: (http://instagram.com/yosoyestefany/)
Hermione Captain Yann Cariou addressing French and American representatives and assembled guests in Greenport, New York on July 6, 2015.Photo Credit: Estefany Molina: (http://instagram.com/yosoyestefany/)
On July 6, 2015, the Hermione, the French Frigate of Freedom, arrived for a two-day stay at a place of honor in Greenport, New York, during its annual The Tall Ships America 2015 Festival on the North Fork of eastern Long Island.
In sunny, summer weather, residents of the historic port, visitors from across the East End and beyond, were welcomed by George W. Hubbard, Jr., Greenport’s Mayor. In attendance at special ceremonies for the Hermione’s arrival were Hermione’s Captain Yann Cariou and her enthusiastic crew, as well as French diplomatic dignitaries, representatives of the Poitou-Charentes region in France, and its now famous port Rochefort, where the Hermione was built.
After both the French and US national anthems were performed, Mayor Hubbard introduced His Excellency Consul General of France in New York Bertrand Lortholary, who remarked: “I am glad that the Hermione can visit Greenport, a town that has a legacy as a major whaling port, but also as a ship-building site, echoing the harbor of Rochefort, France, where the Hermione was revived. As we are about to celebrate again the extraordinary journey of this magnificent ship, and the shared history between France and the United States, I would like to thank the town of Greenport and all those who made this remarkable voyage possible.”
Next, Mayor Hubbard introduced Mayor of Rochefort, France Hervé Blanché, who thanked the Mayor and residents of Greenport for their warm welcome. Next, Business Improvement District President Peter Clarke said helping to organize this festival was “a labor of love.”
Miles Young, President, Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc., next spoke, noting the ship’s close connection to Greenport: “The story of the Hermione symbolizes a tipping point in history, the ship and the journey which brought Lafayette back to America with the message of whole hearted French support. That then led to the “expédition particulière”, in which the combined forces secured American independence. And, let’s not forget, too, the Hermione fought the British navy here in New York waters, notably off the coast of Long Island.”
During her July 6-7 Greenport stopover, the Hermione was open to the public for tours on a first-come, first-served basis.
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