From the L’Herminie, 1838

L’Herminie was one of the last frigates built before the shift to auxiliary steam power in French warships. She wrecked at Bermuda in 1838 after providing naval support to the French when diplomatic relations soured with Mexico. She was part of a squadron that blockaded Veracruz and other Mexican ports.

Many of her contents spilled onto Bermuda’s reef and included military-related objects, such as this officer’s gorget or ornamental armour collar, marked with an anchor.

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