It is a weekend of Tall Ships in Boston Harbor with the Portuguese Navy’s Sagres and France’s Hermione docked at Fan Pier and Rowes Wharf, respectively, for public tours.
Arriving at Fan Pier in the Seaport, the Portuguese Navy’s Tall Ship Sagres arrived as part of Sail Boston 2015. The Sagres is one of the world’s most iconic Tall Ships, known by her white sails emblazoned with red crosses. Built in 1937, the 294-foot-long, 3-masted barque was originally a training vessel for the German Navy before she taken as a war reparation by the United States after World War II and given to Brazil in 1948. Acquired by Portugal in 1962, the Sagres serves as a naval training vessel. She has visited more than 60 countries and circumnavigated the globe three times, most recently in 2010 during a nearly yearlong voyage of approximately 35,000 miles. At night, the Sagres is a beacon with its bright lights.
The Hermoine is an 18th century frigate that carried the Marquis de Lafayette and news of French support for America during the American Revolution to Boston 1780- a key turning point in the war against the British. The Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America, Inc. (FOHLA), a non-profit educational and cultural organization, is sponsoring its historic return to Boston, as part of her U.S. summer tour up the eastern seaboard. She is docked in Rowes Wharf and is open to the public for tours on Saturday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information visit: www.hermione2015.com.