|Hermione entering Newport harbor on July 8, 2015|
Last summer, Newport was fortunate to host a visit from Hermione, a replica of the French frigate that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to the United States during the American Revolution. She arrived on July 8 and was here to celebrate the 235th anniversary of the arrival of French troops under Rochambeau. The Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America presented this beautiful model to the Naval War College Museum, and we are delighted to add it to our permanent collection. The model is thirty-five inches long and is the only one in our collection that is shown under sail.
|Model of Hermione presented by|
the Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America
Construction of the replica began in 1997 and utilized traditional building methods and materials whenever possible. Hermione left Port de Barques on April 18 and arrived at Yorktown, Virginia on June 5. She then sailed up the east coast visiting eleven other ports in the United States and Canada. Her stay in Newport from July 8-9 was timed to coincide with the 235th anniversary of the arrival of Rochambeau’s troops during the war.
Curator, Naval War College Museum