The Hermione was a large, 66-metre long, three-masted ship, flagship of the French naval fleet in the 18th century. A frigate of Lafayette, who contributed greatly to the independence of the United States.
After a construction project that lasted over 17 years, the Hermione replica made its first trip to the USA in the summer of 2015.
In 2018, the Hermione, symbol of liberty, joined the Mediterranean on an impressive journey flying the colours of French-speaking countries. 350 young sailors and deckhands, were trained in Rochefort and climbed aboard in La Rochelle en route for Tangiers, then Barcelona to Toulon via Bastia and finally the Basque Country to Bordeaux. In early 2019 she sailed to Normandy and Nantes - Saint Nazaire.
Back in her home port of Rochefort, the frigate can be visited all summer and beyond. Come aboard for a moving experience!
Marine “Accro masts” climbing park, right by the Hermione!
The Rochefort Arsenal has seen the construction of The Hermione along with many other ships and boats. All these sails, masts and ropes make for a wonderful playground! Why not make the Hermione into an original adventure park ?
That's how 'accro-masts' was born, as a replica of a tall ship but with all the necessary security measures for contemporary leisure.
Chidren from the age of 6 are invited to become apprentice deckhands or 'gabiers' (those in charge of changing the sails). They can get a taste for strong thrills, from masts to zip cables. Older 'kids' can climb the 30 metres to the top of the main mast, with the extra bonus of the town, the marshlands and the Hermione, moored in the neighbouring dock.
The Accro-masts experience is included in the price of the "Pass Journée Arsenal".
For more information visit the Rochefort Tourist Office website