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July 24, 2007
Rochefort 170299 17300
Charente-Maritime Poitou-Charentes
45.933 -0.983 2 m

"Grand canot" of the "Hermione" frigate, rebuilt with the frigate in Rochefort.

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"Hermione" is the frigate which led the marquis of Fayette, of France towards the United States in 1780 to help the American insurrectionists fights about it for their independence against English.
"La Fayette" embarks in Rochefort in 1780, on the frigate under the command of "Vassor de la Touche". March 10 and after thirty-eight days of navigation, he arrives in Boston to announce the sending of French reinforcements to the Washington General. In 1781 "Hermione" fights several time with the vessel "Astrée" ordered by Jean-François de Lapérouse. The frigate joined France in February 1782. It then accompanies a squadron in direction by India to help Pierre André de Suffren in his conflict with English. After peace, the ship goes back to Rochefort in April 1784. In 1792 the ship takes again service against England. It is failed on rocks on September 20 broad of Croisic, in France. An important water way causes its shipwreck.
It was a light, fast and handy frigate. Armed with 26 guns drawing from the balls from 12 pounds, and called for celà "Frigate of twelve", it embarked 255 hommes.Elle raises measurements of a ship of 1166 tons, a length of head at the head of 44,2m, of a width to the Master 11,24m and of 5,78m couples hollow. It has three bridges: the bridge of strapping man, the bridge of battery and the orlop deck. The first is used for the operation, the second with artillery and the third with the life of the sailors on board.
It was built in 11 months and 35000 working days, in 1779, by the manufacturer Henri Chevillard. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermione_(fr%C3%A9gate)

Since July 1997, Association "Hermione-La Fayette" launched out in the rebuilding of the Hermione frigate in one of the two dry docks located close of the Royal Rope manufacture in Rochefort association "Hermione-La Fayette" selected the company Asselin de Thouars in "Deux-Sèvres", for the construction of the frame of Hermione.
Finished once, "Hermione" will take the sea for an exceptional navigation from Rochefort in Boston, on the traces of its famous elder. It will then return to be anchored to quay in Rochefort, where the public will be able to visit it.
http://www.hermione.com/

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