The schooner « Etoile » will be in New York and open to the public
The French schooner Etoile will call at the port of New York from May 24th to June 1st, 2016 during this year’s Fleet Week. The ship will be moored at Pier 15 (South Street Seaport Museum).
The schooner will be open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm on May 25th to May 30th.
For security reasons, visitors will be searched before boarding. Visitors are strongly recommended not to bring large bags or bulky objects to their visit.
Find all the information on the schooner "Etoile" Facebook page
Invited to Saint Pierre and Miquelon for the bicentennial of the return of the archipelago to France, FS Etoile set sail from Brest on Wednesday, 23 March 2016, and is scheduled to return to her homeport next July 14.
Built by the French Navy to train its sailors, this sailing ship represents one of its most remarkable training assets. It trains its young recruits in basic traditional navigation, crew life and seafaring judgment.
FS Etoile is therefore the French Naval Academy’s training ship. During the first six months of the academic year, it fulfills its training mission for the benefit of all the French Navy schools including the Mates School, the Petty Officers School as well as the Officers of the Naval Academy.
With time, the sailing ships have become the jewels of the French maritime heritage. To that effect, FS Etoile is invited on a regular basis, in France as well as abroad, to participate in events showcasing old sailing ships as well as in major maritime celebrations.
As a unique communication tool, FS Etoile takes part, during the second part of the academic year, in spreading the French Navy’s influence throughout France, and, on a global scale, France’s influence abroad.
It is within that context that FS Etoile has been invited to Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
Therefore, training and influence constitute the two sides of the mission entrusted to the sailing ships.
Since her departure on her mission, FS Etoile visited the Canary Islands (photo on the right), then the Cap Verde Archipelago before reaching Saint George’s. The U.S. port visits in New York, Boston and Halifax in Canada will precede the crossing toward Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
FS Etoile is expected to return to Brittany in the middle of July to participate in Brest maritime festivities.