The Marquis de Lafayette arrived on L’Hermione in 1780, bringing with him news that French reinforcements were en route.
In 1993, the French began an initiative to reconstruct an exact replica of the ship. After more than twenty years under construction, the ship once again sailed to America in 2015, a vivid demonstration of 235 years of friendship between the two nations.
Newport welcomed the Hermione to its shores on July 8, 2015, and marked the occasion with a celebration and formal presentation of the Lyman-Lafayette sword to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo
For more information about the Hermione project, its transatlantic voyage, and links to photos and videos, visit http://www.hermione2015.com