|Bertold Zahoran by Mark Segal (Vogue)|
L'Hermione in New York
L'Hermione will be at the South Street Seaport for the weekend of July 4th (except when she's in a parade) then continuing north up the East Coast.
|El Galeón – a 170-foot, 495-ton authentic wooden replica of a Spanish galleon - is berthed next|
to L'Hermione. Twenty-eight crew members must maneuver more than 9,600 square feet
of sail area in the same fashion as 16th century sailors.
Photos: bkfrogma, Flickr, July 2, 2015
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The Hermione Sails Into New York Harbor,
|On Wednesday a replica of the Hermione, the three-masted, 32-gun frigate|
that carried Lafayette to America in 1780, docked at the South Street Seaport.
Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times
THE last time a boat sailed into New York Harbor bearing the Marquis de Lafayette, the arrival touched off a frenzy that would put Beatlemania to shame.
The year was 1824, and some 50,000 people — roughly a third of New York’s population — lined the streets for a glimpse of Lafayette, the “French founding father,” who was visiting the United States as part of a 13-month triumphal tour of the nation he had helped liberate nearly a half-century earlier. He spent weeks barnstorming through the city, attending a ball for 6,000 at Castle Garden and even scooping up the 5-year-old Walt Whitman for a kiss outside a Brooklyn library, Whitman later recollected.
On Wednesday a replica of the Hermione, the three-masted, 32-gun frigate that carried Lafayette to America in 1780 with news of his king’s military support for the Americans, docked at the South Street Seaport. More than two centuries later, the crowds were smaller but the scene was still clangorous. After passing Governors Island, the Hermione sent a round of cannon blasts echoing off the buildings of Lower Manhattan before gliding into port. A band played “Down by the Riverside” as costumed crew members scrambled from the masts for another deafening — and apparently unplanned — salute.
Call it the nautical equivalent of defying a smoking ban, or maybe a response to the motto on Lafayette’s coat of arms: “Cur non,” or “Why not”?
The cannon fire, a spokesman for the ship said, “was a spontaneous reaction from the crew, as it was the first time many of them had ever seen New York.” Read more...
Source: The New York Times, Jennifer Schuessler, July 1, 2005