Launched in 2010, Czech Republic-flagged La Grace is an authentic replica of the famed original La Grace brig from the second half of the 18th century.
The construction of the vessel started at the end of 2008 in a commercial shipyard at Suez, Egypt (chosen partly due to utilization of traditional boat building procedures and good availability of high quality Scandinavian wood), under supervision of vessel’s captain Josef Dvorský and ship constructor Daniel Rosecký, with the construction being based on blueprints published in 1768 by Swedish Admiral Fredrik Henrik af Chapman in the book Architectura navalis mercatoria.
The original La Grace was captained by Augustine Herman, and saw many merchant and exploratory travels around Europe, United States, Caribbean and across the Atlantic Ocean. La Grace was also renowned for her corsair (privateer) activities, including her well-known victory over two Spanish barques carrying sugar, tobacco and wine near the coast of Guatemala.
This modern replica is utilised solely to teach the art of old-time seamanship and her crew is mainly from the Czech Republic.