Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun
May 13, 2012
Two French Navy Schooners are docked at the U.S. Naval Academy through Wednesday, May 16 as a part of the 200th anniversary celebration for the War of 1812. Today the schooners named Etoile (foreground) and Belle-Poule are both used as training vessels for the French Navy. Launched in 1932, both schooners were built as naval training vessels to train sailors and tehir commanding officers. In 1940 they joined the Free French Forces during World War II. In recognition of their loyalty, both schooners retain the honor of flying the French flag with the cross of Lorraine.