Friday, July 03, 2015


L'Hermione Sails Into New York Harbor,
Cannons Blazing



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

6 comments:

JiEL said...

Merci de partager...

De superbes grandes photos..

another country said...

Un peu obsessionnel, mais je sais grâce à divers outils que les photos de L'Hermione sur ce blog sont régulièrement downloadées, ce qui, d'une certaine façon, légitime et dé-psychiatrise mon obsession.. Je ne suis pas le seul à être passionné par cette belle aventure à la voile (c'est pas un pléonasme, ça ?)...

JiEL said...

Il n'y a rien de «psychiatrique» dans une telle obsession...

J'ai toujours rêvé de voguer sur un voilier ET, surtout, avec de beaux petits marins tous nus commme moi...

Une vie idéalisée bien sur quand on connait ce que la mer peut avoir de détours dangereux.

Là, je «di-vague» mais à peine...

Notre croisière serait si belle....

Au «mat» hissons les voiles...

another country said...

La mer, c'est comme la moto : ça peut s'apprendre, mais ça ne s'apprivoise jamais.

Notre croisière se fera avec de beaux 'tits marins ! :)

JiEL said...

"Moto qui roule ramasse les mousses.".


Je l'ai inventé pour toi...

another country said...

Excellente ! Je l'adopte ! :)