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Posted on Friday 1st May

Twenty years ago, a small group dreamed of reconstructing an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship called the Hermione. Today, the majestic vessel is the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years.

The Hermione set sail for the USA in April 2015 from the mouth of the River Charente, in Port des Barques, France – where Lafayette boarded on 10 March 1780. The transatlantic crossing is expected to take 27 days in total, reaching Virginia in summer 2015.

The aim of the Hermione project is to celebrate the value of impeccable craftsmanship, which is the firm foundation of the authentic reconstruction of the Hermione. As well as to celebrate the memory of Marquis de Lafayette who embodied this spirit.

Ship Decoration author, Andy Peters, was among the craftsmen working on the Hermione, and carved the figurehead. You can see him in action via the Tall Ships Gallery blog, along with photographs of the Hermione. Find out more about the Hermione Voyage 2015 here.

Further Reading

Ship Decoration

Only £30.00

Ship Decoration

(Hardback - 240 pages)
by Andy Peters

This book is a detailed comparative study of the decorative work – figurehead, topside ornamentation and stern gallery design – carried by the ships of the major maritime states of Europe in the zenith of the sailing era. It covers both warships and the most prestigious merchant ships, the East Indiamen of the great chartered companies. The work began life in the year 2000 when the author was commissioned to carry out research for an… Read more...


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