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French Frigate L'Hermione

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Note that the current coating of the hull (antifouling) is not at all the same as that of old Hermione. The old Hermione is lined with copper.

 

But she had no openings or motor placed on the hull.

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Hello

I have a intriguing question : a monograph of the Hermione has been published recently by French publisher Ancre, and her stern, as well as her figurehead are quite different from the replica. Have you any explanation ? Did the real Hermione change during its service ?

 

Thanks a lot for your answer, best wishes (and congratulations Surcouf, what a dream come true !)

 

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(and congratulations Surcouf, what a dream come true !) 

Thank you :)

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Arriving in Saint Malo.

July 1, 2016

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The navigation of l'Hermione in 2016:

Go to Brittany

Go to England

Arriving in Saint Malo

Departure from Saint Malo

Back to earth Brittany

Goodbye Brittany

Back in Rochefort

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Great stuff ! Thanks Surcouf for all this data !

 

Also, I did a bit of research and wanted to have your confirmation about L'Hermione having front chassers. I did read, I think from the captains logs : "A 2 heures 1/2, j'ai reconnu le bâtiment que je chassais pour un navire marchand anglais qui a arboré son pavillon. J'ai envoyé le mien et lui ayant tiré un coup de canon de chasse, il a amené."  which would translate into something like : "At 2h30, I identified the ship that I was hunting as a British merchant ship that had raised its flag. I raised mine and having fired a "warning shot" with our bow chassers he brought his flag down."

 

Also I did see what could be a porthole for theses chassers : on this picture of the Hermione replica / As well as on this virtual copy

Then again, I'm not a naval expert, nor a historian or specialist in that matter.

 

Can you confirm or invalidate that Surcouf ?

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Whether a small or a very big ship, the guns of chasse or retirement are never in place to the naviguation.

We used the nearest gun, and instal this at the chasse.

If the commander pulls with gun to demand the nationality of the vessel; or the gun is already in place, or it's just a gun on the forecastle. But it is not a cannon that moves just to ask the flag of a vessel.

It's complicated to move a gun, even a small gun.

(Sorry for my english...)

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Update : Just had a talk with Surcouf in PM (and in French), and he confirms that theses are indeed front chassers portholes on the Hermione.

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L'Hermione has captured the USS Mitcher and escorts its Prize.

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What a wonderful and beautiful Frigate Mates!  One of my favorites!

 

 

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