On Thursday, April 14, the Marblehead Museum will present another Marblehead Mariners lecture at Abbot Hall. The Marquis de Lafayette was a French aristocrat and military officer, as well as a good friend of many American patriots, including John Glover and Elbridge Gerry. In fact, on his way to Boston in April 1780, Lafayette stopped first in Marblehead and was met on board the Hermione by General Glover. Lafayette was a loyal supporter of the American Revolution and, after visiting Marblehead, General Lafayette carried news to Boston of French support for the Americans in the Revolution. In fact, Lafayette’s troops would be critical in helping defeat the British at Yorktown, which ultimately led to the end of… the Revolutionary War. Lafayette would visit Marblehead yet again in 1824.
In 2015, an exact replica of Lafayette’s ship, the Hermione, set out from France to the east coast of the United States for an unprecedented voyage. The idea for recreating this majestic frigate was imagined in 1993. Over twenty years later, that dream had been realized. The Hermione is now the largest and most authentically built Tall Ship in the last 150 years. It was built using traditional techniques and historically accurate materials. Captain Yann Cariou will describe the Hermione’s fascinating history and his experiences during its recent voyage. The Marblehead Museum will also be presenting the Marblehead Mariner’s Award to Glover’s Regiment in honor of General John Glover.
The Marblehead Museum Spring Lecture Series is sponsored by Marble Harbor Investment Counsel.