- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

CASTINE, Maine (AP) - A replica of an 18th Century French tall ship is preparing to sail into Maine for its final U.S. port of call.

The Hermione (ehr-mee-OHN’) is expected to arrive in Castine around 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Its visit coincides with the French celebration of Bastille Day, which marks the storming of the Bastille prison by revolutionaries on July 14.

The Hermione is a replica of the ship that brought Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780. Lafayette brought the news that France was sending soldiers to aid American troops in their fight against the British during the American Revolution.

The ship began its voyage in France in April. When it leaves Maine Thursday, it will stop in Nova Scotia before heading back across the Atlantic Ocean toward France.

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