French Frigate Hermione was bound for Nth America to partake in the Independence War, and sunk on her way.
She is being reconstructed in Rochefort near La Rochelle, due to be christened in 2007; only 8 workers are working on the shipyard. At the time they were many, including convicts, and she was built in 11 months !
Some sites if you're interested. I suggest they organize XVIIIth C. boat meets as they already do with XIXth-XXth C. tall ships.
L'Hermione web page 3
The sites don't seem to be working? Hello AOL !