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Hermione. (Submitted photo)

French tall ship Hermione coming to Baltimore

The Hermione, a replica of the French tall ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America during the Revolutionary War, can be seen in Baltimore this weekend.

The ship will be docked in the Inner Harbor at Pier 1, across the pier from the USS Constellation. At 185 feet tall and 216 feet long, it has been called the largest and most authentically built tall ship in the last 150 years.

The public may tour the ship from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“The Hermione is a unique part of American history and of Lafayette, who is regarded as the French Founding Father of the United States,” said Laura Stevenson, executive director of Sail Baltimore, in a prepared statement. Sail Baltimore is a non-profit group that has brought ships from around the world to Baltimore since 1975.

The Hermione has three masts, 26 cannons, 1,000 pulleys, and displaces 1,166 tons of water. There is a 242 person crew on the frigate, which is built out of oak, conifer, iron, and lead.