Photos by DM Shepherd

French frigate “L’Hermione” Passing by Mason Neck on the Potomac

Frigate-LHermione-2 © 2015 DM Shepherd

18th century French warship replica makes historic voyage to America

WASHINGTON — It was a battle a young America was losing  —  the battle for  independence.  That was until the French stepped in, providing the edge America so desperately needed in its revolution against the British.

A young Frenchman played a pivotal role in helping secure independence from Great Britain.   His name was Marquis de Lafayette, and he was on board a French warship in 1780 that helped change the course of American history.

Now a full-scale replica of that French frigate called the “Hermione” is on a historic voyage heading up the East Coast, making 12 stops along the way.

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