Replica of Revolutionary War-era French ship to arrive in US

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YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) — A replica of the French tall ship that brought General Marquis de Lafayette from France to America in 1780 is set to arrive in Yorktown, Virginia, on Friday as part of a 12-city tour along the East Coast. Here are three things to know about the ship and its journey.

THE HISTORY: Lafayette brought news that France was sending 5,500 troops to fight the British during the American Revolution. The Hermione was also among the French ships that participated in a naval blockade that cut off support to British troops during the decisive Battle of Yorktown in 1781. British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington, leading to the end of the American Revolutionary War.

THE SHIP: Construction on the Hermione began in France in 1997, based on exact line drawings from its sister ship La Concorde. The Hermione has three masts, is 185 feet tall, 216 feet long and displaces 1,166 tons of water. There are 1,000 pulleys, 26 cannons and 242 crew members on the frigate, which is made of oak, conifer, iron and lead.

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In this Tuesday, June 2, 2015 image provided by the U.S. Navy, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher, right, welcomes the French tall ship replica Hermione in the vicinity of the Battle of Virginia Capes off the East Coast of the United States. The original Hermione brought French Gen. Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780 to inform Continental Army Gen. George Washington that a French army was headed for America to assist in the war effort. The symbolic return of the Hermione will pay homage to Lafayette and the Franco-American alliance that brought victory at the Battle of Yorktown in 1781. The Hermione will visit Yorktown, Va., on June 5, and then continue up the Eastern Seaboard, visiting cities of Franco-American historical significance. (Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Sandberg/U.S. Navy via AP)
The French frigate Hermione sits at the dock in the Yorktown City Harbor, Virginia, after her arrival on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HENNESSY - Cannon fire seen from the Hermione as it arrives at Riverwalk Landing Marina, Friday, June 5, 2015 in Yorktown, Virginia. The replica of the Hermione frigate, which, in 1780, brought Lafayette and vital French aid to the American Revolution, traveled 3,819 miles across the Atlantic from Rochefort, France with two barrels of Hennessy Cognac to be donated to charity. (Photo by Pat Jarrett/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images)
Two Hermione sailors look at the port after the official arrival ceremony of the replica of the French navy frigate Hermione at Yorktown, Virginia on June 5, 2015. Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Hermione Capitain Yann Cariou walks on the beach after the official arrival ceremony of the replica of the French navy frigate L'Hermione at Yorktown, Virginia on June 05, 2015. Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal and Hermione Capitain Yann Cariou (R) talk to the media after the official arrival ceremony of the replica of the French navy frigate Hermione at Yorktown, Virginia on June 5, 2015. L'Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A French military officer (R)talks to a local man dressed as General George Washington as the replica of the French frigate Hermione arrives in the Yorktown City Harbor, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A man dressed in period costume watches the French frigate Hermione as it gives 21 gun salutes in the Yorktown City Harbor, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A view is seen of the harbor from the replica of the French frigate Hermione in the Yorktown City Harbor, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A local firefighter boat salutes the replica of the French frigate Hermione as it sails in the Yorktown City Harbor, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
The replica of the French frigate Hermione arrives in the Yorktown City Harbor, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
The replica of the French frigate Hermione sails in the Yorktown City Harbor, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A man dressed in period costume watches in the fog for the arrival of the replica of the French frigate Hermione as it sails in the Yorktown City Harbour, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Local women dressed with period costumes discuss the arrival of the replica of the French frigate Hermione as it sails in the Yorktown City Harbour, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
People dressed like George Washington (L) and French General Lafayette (C) reenact the events before 235 years during the arrival of the replica of the French frigate Hermione as it sails in the Yorktown City Harbor, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Sailors wave from the board of the replica of the French navy frigate Hermione at her arrival at Yorktown, Virginia on June 5, 2015. Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Sailors sing songs on board of the replica of the French navy frigate Hermione at her arrival at Yorktown, Virginia on June 5, 2015. Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A sailor climbs on the ropes of the replica of the French navy frigate Hermione at her arrival at Yorktown, Virginia on June 5, 2015. Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal talks to officials after the official arrival ceremony of the replica of the French navy frigate Hermione at Yorktown, Virginia on June 5, 2015. Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
People wait for arrival of the replica of the French frigate Hermione as it sails in the Yorktown City Harbour, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HENNESSY - Moet-Hennessy USA Executive Vice President Rodney Williams, left, presents Captain Yann Cariou, center, and Friends of Hermione-Lafayette in America President Miles Young, right with a special engraved bottle of Hennessy 250 Collector Blend on board the Hermione at Riverwalk Landing Marina, Friday, June 5, 2015 in Yorktown, Virginia. The replica of the Hermione frigate, which, in 1780, brought Lafayette and vital French aid to the American Revolution, traveled 3,819 miles across the Atlantic from Rochefort, France with two barrels of Hennessy Cognac to be donated to charity. (Photo by Pat Jarrett/Invision for Hennessy/AP Images)
People wait for arrival of the replica of the French frigate Hermione as it sails in the Yorktown City Harbour, Virginia, on June 5, 2015. The replica of the French navy frigate Hermione which brought General Lafayette to America to rally rebels fighting Britain in the US war of independence, arrived in the United States again, 235 years after the original crossing. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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THE JOURNEY: The Hermione left Rochefort, France, in April and stopped in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa before transiting the Atlantic. On Tuesday, the Hermione was greeted by U.S. Navy warships off the coast of Virginia. The newly built ship's stops include Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The Hermione's final stop in North America will be Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, on July 18.

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