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Imaginations Will Sail Away At White Plains Talk On Historic Ship Voyage

Marquis de Lafayette's french frigate, the Hermione, is depicted in an oil painting by Auguste-Louis de Rossel de Cercy.
Marquis de Lafayette's french frigate, the Hermione, is depicted in an oil painting by Auguste-Louis de Rossel de Cercy. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The captain who sailed a replica of an 18th-century ship from France to the United States and back, will give a talk on the unprecedented voyage in White Plains next month.

Yann Cariou will speak from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Westchester chapter of the Alliance Francaise, located at 31 Mamaroneck Ave.

The original Hermione became famous when she ferried Marquis de Lafayette to the United States in 1780 for support to the Americans in the Revolutionary War.

Cariou piloted an exact replica of Hermione across the Atlantic in 2015, docking in Newport, R.I., and Boston, the alliance said.

Lafayette ranks as one of the “most extraordinary figures in modern history,” the alliance said. Only in his twenties, he played a pivotal role in securing American independence.

To read more about Lafayette, click here.

The vessel was built in France and is said to be the most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years, the alliance said.

Cariou and his crew of 84 followed the same route as Lafayette and stopped in ports chosen for their historic role in the American Revolution and support from the French Navy.

During the voyage, the Hermione traveled more than 15,500 miles and stopped at a total of 17 ports along the way.

It attracted 65,000 visitors in the United States alone.

To read more about the Hermione’s itinerary, click here.

Refreshments and a Q&A will be held after the talk

For more information, and to register, visit www.afwestchesterny.org or contact Catherine Lamy at info@afwestchesterny.org.

Tickets are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

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