Rochefort, France – Visiting Hermione; an old friend

It’s been 12 months since I visited Rochefort, where reconstruction of the frigate Hermione is happening. A great deal has happened to both of us in this time and seeing her again was one of the highlights of the trip to Poitou-Charentes. She is now floating; a few months ago she sailed the short distance from her dry dock on …

Reconstructing L’Hermione – Building a Dream

There are some projects that when first encountered appear extremely impressive, but when the details become apparent it is difficult to imagine anybody even conceiving it. The construction of the Hermione in the attractive coastal town of Rochefort is one such endeavour. The original Hermione was constructed in just eleven months in 1779. One year later she famously transported the …