Hermione is setting sail for America once more


Twenty years ago, a small group dreamed of reconstructing an exact replica of General Lafayette’s 18th-century ship called the Hermione. Today, the majestic vessel is the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years. Read more about why the Hermione is setting sail for America once more.



The majestic vessel Hermione is the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years.

We were privileged to visit the Hermione in Rochefort, France in the summer of 2014.

Make plans to visit it in the US this year!

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Hermione Aix. (David Compain)

“From the first moment I heard the name of America, I loved it; from the instant I knew it struggled for freedom, I was consumed with the desire to shed my blood for her I will count the days I got the chance to serve it, everywhere and anytime, among the happiest days of my life.” La Fayette

Hermione Lafayette Voyage 2015

The voyage to America represents the high point of an adventure launched in 1997. L’Hermione, a replica of an 18th century ship, will set sail across the Atlantic







A voyage following the same sea route as La Fayette, with stops in ports chosen for their historic role in the American Revolution and support from the French Navy. A nearly four-month itinerary across the Atlantic and up the eastern coast of America from April to mid-August 2015.

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5, 6, 7 – Yorktown, VA

9 – Mt Vernon, VA (ship at anchor)

10, 11, 12 – Alexandria, VA

16, 17 – Annapolis, MD

19, 20, 21 – Baltimore, MD

25, 26, 27, 28 – Philadelphia, PA


1, 2, 3, 4 – New York, NY

6, 7 – Greenport, NY

8, 9 – Newport, RI

11, 12 – Boston, MA

14, 15 – Castine, ME

18 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia


Excellent article in The Daily Beast by William O’Connor

On Satire

The gunmen who killed 12 people in the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo are now dead after battles with police that claimed yet more innocent victims. The world stands in solidarity with France and its media, and rightly so. Nothing justifies answering the barbs of a cartoonist’s pen with the bullets of a Kalashnikov.

But as the outrage dissolves and the mourning ends, the question will remain: What is the right relationship between free speech and a free society? Freedom of speech is never absolute. There are restrictions for hate speech, libel, state secrets, and so on. A blanket insistence on free speech at all costs is no less dogmatic than a blanket insistence on sharia law. Charlie Hebdo’s brand of satire was arguably racist and deliberately provocative. What we are defending when we defend its journalists is not their right to publish without limits, but their right not to get killed for doing it.

American graphic journalist Joe Sacco addressed this elegantly in a cartoon published on Friday. After affirming—and exercising—his right to vilify Muslims, Jews, black people, and anyone else, he wrote, “But perhaps when we tire of holding up our middle finger we can try to think about why the world is the way it is and what it is about Muslims in this time and place that makes them unable to laugh off a mere image. And if we answer, ‘Because something is deeply wrong with them’—certainly something was deeply wrong with the killers—then let us drive them from their homes and into the sea… for that is going to be far easier than sorting out how we fit in each other’s world.”—Gideon Lichfield (reblogged from QZ.com)

Joe Sacco: On Satire – a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks

The acclaimed graphic artist and journalist Joe Sacco on the limits of satire – and what it means if Muslims don’t find it funny