Origin : FRANCE
Grande Hermine was the name of the carrack that brought Jacques Cartier to Saint-Pierre on 15 June 1535, and upon which he discovered the estuary of the St. Lawrence River and the St. Lawrence Iroquoian settlement of Stadacona (near current-day Quebec City). La Grande Hermine is believed to be represented in the local flag of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (the yellow ship).
La Grande Hermine Ship is also featured on the Amory Adventure Award of Canadian Scouting. La Grande Hermine was the second ship Jacques Cartier used when exploring the St. Lawrence River.
However, A life-size wooden replica of the La Grande Hermine Ship vessel was featured at the Expo 67 in Montreal (1967). Moreover, following the Expo the replica was moved to Quebec City and put on static display in an artificial pond located in a city park. La Grande Hermine ship, remained for at least three decades. Nevertheless, another unrelated replica, possibly based on the steel hull of a 1914 ferry or a 1941 icebreaker. After that, La Grande Hermine, was purchased by a businessman and moved her to Ontario and re-opening the restaurant. Most importantly, In 2003, the ship was destroyed by what police called a suspicious fire, most likely the work of arsonists