A replica of the L’Hermione, the three-masted, 216-foot, 32-gun frigate that carried Lafayette to America in 1780, will arrive in Boston at Rowes Wharf during the morning of July 11th with tours and events on Saturday and Sunday.
Hermione Voyage commemorates the Marquis de Lafayette’s voyage to the United States in 1780. In support of the American fight for independence during the Revolutionary War, Lafayette traveled from France to the USA, where he led troops alongside George Washington. Hermione Voyage recreates his epic journey with a replica ship, constructed in Rochefort, France, which will travel across the Atlantic and up the eastern coast of the United States.
Here’s the schedule in Boston:
At 9:15 am, Saturday, July 11th, a parade be led by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company from Faneuil Hall through Quincy Market to the Greenway and then travel south till it meets Rowes Wharf.
At 10:00 am, the official welcoming ceremony will be held at Rowes Wharf with American and French Dignitaries including Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston; Charlie Baker, Governor of MA; Fabien Fieschi, General Counsul of France to Boston; and Hervé Blanché, Mayor of Rochefort , permanent home of The Hermione.
As part of the ceremony, there will be a 21-gun salute!
Public tours will be held from 12pm-4pm on July 11th and 9am-4pm on July 12th, on a first come, first serve basis at Rowes Wharf.
From 12pm-7pm on July 11th and 9am-7pm on July 12th, a traveling exhibition and community Heritage Village will be set up on the Greenway across from Rowes Wharf. Music, shipbuilding crafts demonstrations, and an exhibit on 18th Century Medicine. Visitors will get to meet Lafayette and a crewmember. Poitou-Charentes tourism display and water/food tastings.
More big ships! The Queen Mary 2 will in Boston on Sunday, July 12th and celebrated with fireworks over Boston Harbor around 9:30 pm.
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Please advise when Hermione is expected to be sailing into Boston Harbor so we can watch her from Nahant. Also, when will she be sailing out of the harbor on Sunday.
Check the Hermione Voyage website:
On the History of Boston Facebook group (that was started for those taking an online course on Boston history), the instructor, Prof. Bob Allison of Suffolk U, mentioned that it would be sailing past Castle Island about 6AM Saturday morning, if that helps, and assuming everything goes according to schedule.
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