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Association Hermione-La Fayette

Arsenal maritime, BP 70177 Rochefort, France
05-46-82-07-07
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Rochefort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Actually very interesting to visit, The entrance fees were fair (I cant remember the exact amount)we went with 2 teenagers and it took about an hour max to look around. Some of the displays and explanations are in English, but it would have been better if there were more. You follow a walkway, with explanation panels along the route, which... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We visited Hermione in Rochefort about 5 years ago when she was still in the dry dock. Now she is almost ready to go on her cross Atlantic venture to America. Great to see the artisans still at work but even better to board her and imagine what it will be like to be at sea. A really admirable venture... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is a must do before this ship sails too America in 2015. It is still a construction site, however there isn't much we could see being built today. it was still very interesting to see and be on the deck of this ship. it is amazing the size and number of ropes. well detailed panels explaining the construction process.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Can't think of a more unique attraction. The 20 years taken to build this replica and the craftsmanship used is amazing. The craft is due to start sea trials shortly, so if this type of thing "floats your boat" then get to Rochefort quickly. I've rated it average only because as it's effectively a work site, not all areas are... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

nice to be apart of history. enjoyable visit to a reconstruction of rigged ship. there are people quietly sitting around preparing wood, sewing sails, preparing rope and banging on metal.

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We saw this rebuild of a sailing boat many years ago in its infancy. It is now near completion and we were amazed at the workmanship (done as it would have been - wood steamed to shape and sails and ropes made) It is the largest replica of a traditional full- rigged ship ever built in France. It is 66... More

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Sebastopol, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

French are building a replica of the ship Lafayette sent to aid the rebels (us) in the American Revolution. An amazing feat of building an 18th Century ship in the 21st Century. The Hermione will sail to the U.S. East Coast in 2015 and make stops at major ports.

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Deux Sevres
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40 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited several years ago to see the wooded hull in the dry dock and were determined to see the completed ship before it was moved for sea trials later on in 2014. It is a full size replica of original ship built as near as possible with original materials and traditional methods. There is an exhibition area to visit... More

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Guildford
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73 reviews 73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The French have take about 15 years to bring this project to completion as the build a replica of the 18th century Hermione. Ironically the masts that will pass under the Transbordeur on the river Charente are to high to go under the modern road bridge. So as it leaves for the US soon the topmost mast fittings have to... More

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Perth
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Visited Rochefort for the day and were advised to visit Hermione. The reconstruction of an 18th century French frigate, with the original setting sail in 1780 to take the Marquis de La Fayette to America to fight in the War of Independance,will sail to New York in 2015. It is being built using methods that were used when the ship... More

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