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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
MEET ANNE RENAULT – HERMIONE’S SAILMAKER
STITCHING HISTORY - A TALK WITH HERMIONE'S SAILMAKER April 15, 2014

A FINISHED SAIL PREPARED BY ANNE RENAULT AND READY TO BE HOISTED ALOFT THE HERMIONE.

HERMIONE VOLUNTEERS BRING ABOARD ONE THE FRIGATE'S MAIN SALES, WHICH WILL HELP POWER THE VESSEL IN ITS COMING SEA TRIALS.

FOR LAND-LUBBERS, HERE IS A ROUGH GUIDE TO THE NAMES OF MOST OF THE SAILS ON A TALL SHIP LIKE THE HERMIONE. THIS DIAGRAM IS NOT AN EXACT REPRODUCTION OF ALL THE SAILS ON THE HERMIONE, BUT IT WILL CONVEY THE NUMBER, SHAPES AND SIZES OF THE SAILS THAT ANNE RENAULT HAS BEEN WORKING ON FOR THE ROCHEFORT, FRANCE-BASED FRIGATE. A. FORE COURSE OR FORESAIL; B. MAIN COURSE OR MAINSAIL; C. MIZZEN COURSE OR MIZZENSAIL; D. FORE TOPSAIL; E. MAIN TOPSAIL; F. MIZZEN TOPSAIL; G. FORE TOPGALLANT SAIL; H. MAIN TOPGALLANT SAIL; I. MIZZEN TOPGALLANT SAIL; J. FORE ROYAL SAIL; K. MAIN ROYAL SAIL; L. MIZZEN ROYAL SAIL; M. MAIN STAYSAIL; N. MIZZEN STAYSAIL; O. FORE TOPMAST STAYSAIL; P. MAIN TOPMAST STAYSAIL; Q. MIZZEN TOPMAST STAYSAIL; R. JIB; S. MIDDLE STAYSAIL; T. MIZZEN TOPGALLANT STAYSAIL; U. MAIN TOPGALLANT STAYSAIL; V. SPRITSAIL TOPSAIL; W. SPRITSAIL

HERMIONE VOLUNTEERS INSTALL THE SPRIT SAIL, ONE OF 34 MADE BY ANNE RENAULT FOR THE FRIGATE.

THE HERMIONE IS READY TO RECEIVE ALL ITS SAILS MADE BY ANNE RENAULT.

ANNE RENAULT, MASTER SAILMAKER, HERMIONE.

Editor’s Note: At Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America (FOH), we welcome (and encourage) our enthusiastic followers to contribute to our blog.

Here is a fascinating interview conducted by FOH supporter Florence Sauerbrey, who happens to be the sister of Hermione Sailmaker Anne Renault. Below is a conversation between Florence and Anne; the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America wish to thank Ms. Sauerbrey for her contribution.

Florence Sauerbrey: This week in Rochefort, L’Hermione crew will bend her sails on for the very first time, not quite yet for actual trials under sails but rather to check the fit on the yards and start to set the rigging in motion. It seems like a good time to introduce Anne Renault, sailmaker and crew on L’Hermione for the 2015 voyage. What brought you to learn the art of traditional sail making?

Anne Renault: I always loved assembling objects in fabric, leather or yarn, but after graduating from high school I wasn’t sure how to make a living off of it. At the time, my father, marine historian François Renault, retired from the Merchant Marine and decided to complete a vocational training in traditional wooden boat building, something he always wanted to do as a researcher. The school where he took the course was located in Douarnenez, Brittany, then an important center for the revival of traditional workboats. The following year, a sailmaking course was created and I decided that was the way to go.

Q: What were the successive steps in learning this art and honing your skills? Did you apprentice to a master craftsman? Did you have a mentor to guide and help you?

A: After vocational school I spent my first year as an apprentice with a traditional sailmaker in Normandy, Marc Philippe. Under his and his son Gilles’ guidance, I helped create sails for a lot of the workboat replicas that emulated from that big revival back in the early 90s in Europe. Then I was called back to Douarnenez to set up the sail loft at the Musée du Bateau, the way exhibits can be experienced at Mystic Seaport Museum. While I worked on the museum’s collection of boats for the next 3 years, I was lucky to have been taken under the of a local sailmaker, Alexis Le Dréau, who had apprenticed in the early 1920s, back when the local fishing boats were exclusively powered by sail. Precious guidance also came from Pierre Sevestre, a skilled and experienced amateur who spent a lot of his retirement time in my loft.

Q: While we are talking about learning, how did you become familiar with what you had to do on L’Hermione and how to do it? Were you able to rely on a contemporary book or archival documents depicting the techniques and listing the materials for such a project?

A: Luckily, the first Hermione was built at a time when everything maritime was painstakingly documented and recorded by the French Navy, from fishing gear used on all four seaboards to how the fibers used for rope making were grown in the countryside. As a result, we were able to find much information in the report written by a Navy officer, Nicolas-Charles Romme, whose mission had been to observe and report from the Rochefort Navy yards in the 1770s. This contemporary document was indeed very helpful.

Q: You were associated with two other sailmakers on this job. How did you end up with the job and did the three of you split the task at hand?

A: It all started 10 years ago when my budding business was contracted to make sails for the three sail boats, built on site by my partner Alexandre Genoud. While fulfilling my other customers’ orders at my own loft, I continued on making Hermione’s hammocks and other canvas items. I also built a half-scale model of the main sail for the visitors’ center. But I knew I couldn’t possibly assemble all of the 19 full-sized sails – the first set planned in the contract- in my own small loft AND carry on with my other orders. So we got together with other traditional sail maker Jean-Pierre Burgaud of Noirmoutier, and Incidences La Rochelle, for them to do all the cutting and assembling. My work consisted in everything else, bolt ropes, earing cringles, strops and a gazillion eyelets.

Q: Give us a few more figures to illustrate your work…

A: Well, a set of 19 working sails for Hermione means 23,600 square feet of flax cloth, the thickness of which varies from 18 to 28oz/yd. Picture the main sail, 2900 square feet at 28 oz/yd, that’s a heavy sail to carry. The “corners” of each sail are reinforced with several layers of cloth, and you need all the strength you can get to go through that with a needle in your hand. The cloth was custom made to our requirements by a flax weaver in the north of France. All bolt ropes are hemp, miles and miles of it, I didn’t really count to be honest. So that’s just for the first 19 sails, which were not commissioned yet. If we add lighter sails in the future, the total sail area will be close to 35,000 square feet divided into 34 sails.

Q: What was the most difficult challenge you met, and did you resolve it?

A: There were a few things I had to figure out myself like how to create those eyelets from scratch (i.e., rope), as opposed to just buying them and sewing them on as I usually do on my other jobs, but the real challenge seemed to be the amount of them. The only way to face the idea of making and sewing 250 eyelets on just one sail and not be overwhelmed is to realize that it amounts to only a dozen a day. Then it becomes doable. One day at a time.

Q: What was your most rewarding moment?

A: I am anxiously waiting for it as we will take her for her first sail!

Q: What do you see as the best life for L’Hermione?

A: Precisely this, a life. Of course I’d be happy if she sails well and takes us across the Atlantic and maybe further, but I would mostly love for her to be fully alive as a training ship, representing France in tall ships races and gatherings. It would be wonderful for her to be home to a well-trained crew of both men and women, and to hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers, all of whom could relay a timeless sense of seamanship and craftsmanship.

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