Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hermione, the name........

Ever since purchasing Hermione I have pondered whether or not to change her name.
I have always liked the name and admit to it being a deciding factor when first seeing the boat.

I did a little research and found that the name dates back to Greek Mythology, Hermione was the only child of King Menelaus of Sparta and his wife Helen of Troy.
prior to the Trojan War Hermione was betrothed by Tydareus, her grandfather, to Orestes.
However, during the Trojan War, Menelaus promised her to Neoptolemus, also known as Pyrrhus, son of Achilles.

I have also found out that HMS Hermione was a Leander-class frigate in the Royal Navy

She was launched in 1969 and decommissioned in 1991 and served mainly in the Middle East, including the Iran - Iraq war.

The interesting point about her history is that she was sent to the Naval Dockyard at Chatham for modernisation and was actually the last ship to leave Chatham in 1983 prior to the sad closure of the Dockyard.

The coincidence here is that Chatham is my home port and whilst standing in Hermione's Cockpit I can see the Historic Dockyard just across the river!

So Hermione it is then !!