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Association Hermione-La Fayette

Arsenal maritime, BP 70177 Rochefort, France
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Ranked #3 of 11 attractions in Rochefort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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72 reviews 72 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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Hampshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Although Rochefort is relatively small it is a lovely place to visit. The Hermione exhibtion is outstanding, with plenty of excellent and informative information panels, in French & English. You can also see some of the craftsmen & women at work. On the day we visited we were lucky to see some of the crew in training for next year`s... More

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Very interesting story behind the building of this square-rigged sailing ship ready for a voyage next year to the USA. Making excellent use of the historic dry-docks (the first pair of stone built dry-docks in the world apparently) and lovely to see the old crafts of ship building, rope work, sail making and the like being revived and maintained.

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Kfar-Saba , Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

While there is a lot of promotional publicity , this looks like an excellent source of income for the entrepreneurs. The fact that it might sail in a few years just proof the point. The interesting story can be told in ten minutes without the high entrance fee and rather plain visit I do not recommend visiting there unless you... More

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Angouleme, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The guided tour of the interior of the replica frigate Hermione was full of insights into life on an 18th century warship; not to be missed. Bur do not forget to book online before your visit!

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Since 1997 the frigate l'Hermione has been painstakingly built in the Arsenal at Rochefort. She is now afloat and is being finally rigged with her miles of tarred rope and acres of sail. The beauty of this vessel must be seen. She is magnificent and amazing.around her are the work areas for the sails and ropework; the forge for the... More

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Macclesfield, cheshire, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We have watched this ship grow from its early beginnings, visiting most years and seeing the slow build until it is now complete. In the past while it was being built, we could see much more of it, but this year we were restricted to the upper deck, which was a shame and a little disappointing, but it is still... More

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Merles, France
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82 reviews 82 reviews
37 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Rochefort is just a short detour from the main N-S autoroute from Bordeaux to Nantes and points north. It is a pleasant town with some modest but sound eateries. Parking is easy too. After our lunch and before resuming the journey north we strolled down to look at the Hermione being rebuilt. If you have an imagination and especially an... More

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Gent, België
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

If you like paying a lot of money and standing in line to by a ticket than this is the place for you, if not stay well away from this tourist trap.

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