"The Hermione was a 12-pounder Concorde class frigate of the French Navy. She became famous when she ferried General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 to allow him to rejoin the American side in the American Revolutionary War." Quoted from Wikipedia
We could rewrite the story of Lafayette & L'Hermione and the building of this replica, but our words would pale in comparison to what has already been written by those who have immersed themselves in this history. The following are quotes with links to the sources so that you can discover for yourselves the scope and commitment to this project and the exciting plans for the American Tour of 2015.
"L'HERMIONE AND "MAGABAGADUCE" IN 1780 -- L'Hermione brought Lafayette to aid America during the Revolutionary War, and then the ship sailed up the coast to spy on the British garrison at "Magabagaduce," later Castine. Castine Historical Society
"Twenty years ago, a small group in France began discussing the idea of constructing an exact replica of the frigate Hermione, the vessel which brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780. With construction now completed and sea trials underway, the Hermione replica will sail to the East Coast of the U.S. and Canada in spring and summer of 2015. Stopovers are planned in Virginia, DC, Maryland, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, and Hermione's final stop in the United States before heading to Canada - and home to France - will be here in Castine, Maine." Castine Welcomes L'Hermione