The French Sailing Frigate L'Hermione made a stop in Newport R.I. during the week. This is a reproduction of the same ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America to help win the Revolutionary War. This is her maiden voyage to the United States, and she stopped for two days at Fort Adams to celebrate continued Franco-American relations. All photos with a pair of D7000s, 17-55/2.8 DX, 80-200/2.8 AFS and 85/1.8 G. *** L'Hermione's Lion Figurehead with the Newport Pell Bridge in background. L'Hermione is a 12 pounder Concorde class frigate with a crew complement of 72. You can't help but be drawn to the Lion figurehead and the colorful castle aft with it's distinctive stern lantern and the National Pennant. The 12 pounder guns are non-functional recreations, and made lighter than the original to reduce weight and enhance safety. As expected for a historical sailing vessel, the rigging is quite complex. Even while berthed, there is always work underway to keep it maintained and tidy.