Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Hermione visits Alexandria

The Hermione is a replica of the ship sailed by the Marquis de Lafayette to America during the time of the American Revolution. It is the largest Tall Ship built in the last 150 years, and has been sailed this summer from France to the United States. The Hermione visited Alexandria, Virginia during the week starting yesterday and sets sail tomorrow for other stops along the East Coast. So naturally I got the kids (and my parents) out of school a bit early to go down to the Alexandria Waterfront to see the ship.
Photo by Patrick Jones. The Hermione, Alexandria, VA, 11 June 2015. 
Photo by Patrick Jones. The Hermione.
Photo by Patrick Jones. My Dad by the front of the ship.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Sailor aboard the Hermione, 11 June 2015.

The ship was impressive. This is by far the largest tall ship I have seen docked at Alexandria. There have been other historical ships from Yorktown that have visited Alexandria, but the Hermione would tower over those ships. It is really cool and I wish it was staying through the weekend.

In 1780 they had 330 persons aboard the original Hermione. The 2015 version sails with a crew of 75. The historic voyage took 38 days. In 2015 they made it in 34 days (following not the same route).
Photo by Patrick Jones. Detail on the ship.
Photo by Patrick Jones. View of the back half of the ship.
Photo by Patrick Jones. The Hermione, 11 Jun 2015.

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