L’Hermione visits Lunenburg

Went out yesterday in neighbors Ruth and John Reedman’s boat with Joseph Borlo to see the arrival of L’Hermione, a French tall ship completed this year. She’s a replica of the original FrenchWar frigate that carried Lafayette back to America during our revolution with the welcome news of France’s entry into the war.  As Jack Aubrey might say, she is a relic of an earlier day, armed with 26 twelve pounders – no match for the 18 pounder battery of comparable British frigates of the war of 1812, let alone the 24 pound 44-gun battery of American frigates like Constitution and United States.  But what a beautiful sight to see entering the harbor to the hoot of ships horns and the ringing of every church bell in Lunenburg. They honored the city with a twelve gun salute – even one at a time, you get a sense of how deafening an actual sea battle between ships must have been.  Unhappily, the town did not respond in kind, the guns of Lunenburg’s fortress having been spiked, it seems, by raiding American privateers some200 years ago and never...