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Association Hermione-La Fayette

Arsenal maritime, BP 70177 Rochefort, France
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Rochefort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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Colchester, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Hermione has now left Rochefort, on its way to the US to repeat Lafayette's trip. A great visit.

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Sussex, England
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62 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

L'Hermione is a replica of a frigate that took a Marquise La Fayette to the USA to fight for George Washington in the War of Independence. The Marquise and the handful of soldiers he took with him do not appear to have played a significant part in any battles. Even to a history buff the boat is only vaguely interesting... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
22 helpful votes 22 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
43 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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