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Replica of French general's historic US independence ship sails again

A replica of the French navy frigate L'Hermione, which played a key role in the American Revolution sets sail on its maiden voyage to the United States from Fouras, southwestern France on April 18, 2015A replica of the 18th century ship that took a French general on his voyage to become a hero of the American war of independence set sail again Saturday, cheered off by thousands of well-wishers and President Francois Hollande. Thousands gathered to wish “bon voyage” to the painstakingly recreated tall ship Hermione, leaving from Ile d’Aix, in southwest France, for the east coast of the United States. The French and American flags were raised on the wooden frigate as it embarked on an Atlantic crossing retracing the voyage 235 years ago of General Lafayette, who won fame for rallying America’s rebels fighting for independence from Britain. “The Hermione is a glorious page of our history… thus was sealed one of the finest alliances, a fraternal alliance,” Hollande said ahead of the vessel’s departure, followed by a rendition of the American national anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner”.

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