The French-built replica of the 18th Century tall ship L’Hermione, whose namesake brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1778, tied up at the waterfront in Alexandria this morning, shortly after midnight, to the cheers of a small but enthusiastic crowd of well wishers.
The Hermione Docks in Alexandria, 12:48 AM June 10, 2015
The replica, built with exacting detail to match the original frigate which played such a significant role in the American Revolutionary War, is on a goodwill tour of US cities on the east coast. Details about the ship and its journey can be found at the excellent post by Patti on her “Displaced Beachbums” blog.
These photos were made under some rather difficult lighting situations. The frigate, following a short stay at Mount Vernon, had to pass under the Wilson Bridge to reach Alexandria. The draw bridge opens its spans for ship traffic only at midnight for about 15 minutes and only, from what I understand, about once a week or on special occasions. Sailing vessels must proceed through the gap under motor power so the sails had to be furled. (By the way, I apologize to nautical experts for any mis-use of technical terminology–this is not a topic with which I can claim more than rudimentary knowledge).
There isn’t much ambient light at midnight, so the frigate is barely visible. (Nikon D800E on tripod with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, extended to 200mm; exposure: 1/4th sec. @ f/2.8, ISO 3200).
The Hermione Draws Closer (12:12 AM)
Turning for the Final Approach (12:23 AM)
The Hermione will be in Alexandria through June 12 and then departs for Annapolis. I suspect it will be a midnight departure.