Bermuda's most impressive warship wreck is the L'Herminie, a 60 gun French frigate that sank in 1838. This three-masted, wooden hulled sailing vessel was returning to France from a skirmish in Mexico when she crashed into a shallow reef. Some 25 giant cannons remain scattered across the sea floor, partially buried in the sand. In diving depths of 35 feet, visitors can see the ship's timber, hull sheathing, copper nails, the fire hardened bricks used for ballast and a pair of crossed cannons that serve as a monument to this unique wreck site. L'Herminie was one of the last French fighting ships that used sail power before European powers switched to steam.
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