When General Lafayette came to America to help with our Revolutionary War, he came on a ship, the Hermione. A replica has been built in Rochefort, not far from our place on the beach, using the ancient boat building methods as much as possible. Maurice and I made a visit to the site and enjoyed it very much.
The back of the boat which I think is the prettiest.
A longer view.
A lot of ropes all over the place on board. I don’t know how long it takes to learn which each one does.
Look how many ropes there are to work the sails.
Two men high above getting the sails (which were sewn by hand!) in place.
The map showing where the ship will go when it is finished which will be sometime in the Spring next year. There will be 80 people on board. I’d love to see it sail into New York City.