Photographer's Note

For the French people and others who know the song, I adapted the words of La Blanche Hermine from Gilles Servat . The original song tells about the dilemna of war. My adaptation gives some explanation about the frigate “ Hermione”, originally the ship which carried General de Lafayette on his mission to help the war of independence in the US.

Refrain-La voilà la Blanche Hermione, Toutes voiles dehors au vent
La voilà la Blanche Hermione, On l'attendait d'puis longtemps.

1-Ce matin, tôt depuis l'aube Les yeux fixés sur le large
On n'voit toujours rien venir ; Mais où donc est-elle passée ?

2- Frégate de la Liberté ; A Rochefort elle vit le jour
Elle traversa l'Océan En signe de Fraternité.

3- Bleu et ors du Roi Soleil ; Un lion fier trônait en tête
Force et courage réunis, Pour la victoire d'la Fayette.

Chorus : Here comes the White Hermione, Going forth under full sail
Here comes the white Hermione ; We had been waiting for long.

1-This morning from early dawn ; All eyes set on open sea
We still can't see anything ; But where can she be ?

2- Blue and gold for the Sun King ; Proud lion leading at prow ;
Uniting courage and strength ; For Lafayette's victory.

3- The frigate of Liberty ; She was born at Rochefort
And then she crossed the ocean, As a sign of brotherhood.

More factual explanation about "L'hermione" in WS.

As for the cute little green and red boat, it's "Le Grand Lejon" from St Brieuc, Côtes d'Armor : 20,70m- 100m2 of sails. Not that little after all, but compared to her big sister !...

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