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Re: La Perouse
Date: 2007 Oct 8, 08:37 +0100
Date: 2007 Oct 8, 08:37 +0100
Incidentally, the Mus�e de la marine in Paris will be putting on an exhibition on La P�rouse from about March to October 2008. This will include a lot of material excavated from the wreck sites. Richard Dunn -----Original Message----- From: NavList@fer3.com [mailto:NavList@fer3.com] On Behalf Of John Cole Sent: 06 October 2007 19:37 To: NavList Subject: [NavList 3364] Re: La Perouse Thank you, George. According to Encyclopedia Britannica (1953) and the Wilkipedia, in 1826 a captain Peter Dillon found the wreckage of the Astrolabe and Boussole in the New Hebrides and write a two volume work "Narrative...of a Voyage in the South Seas for the Discovery of the fate of La Perouse" (London, 1829). Wilkipedia also references the later identification of items from the wrecks. The Admiralty sailing directions (Pacific Islands Pilot Vol 2, 10th edition) at 7.10 references a Boussole Reef and an Astrolabe Point in the Vanikolo Islands, and also at 7.13-7.14 the pilot says there is a monument to LaPerouse where the Laurenes River discharges into Paeu Bay, Paeu being the principal anchorage of the islands and the port of entry to the Santa Cruz group. Anyone on the list been there and taken a photograph? Also on Wilkipedia there is a photograph of a very impressive memorial to LaPerouse at Botany Bay and apparently a museum as well. John. On Oct 6, 2:06 am, "George Huxtable"
wrote: > John Cole asked- > > Is there a biography of LaPerouse in English? As I recall there is a > place named for him on Botany Bay right across from where Cook landed. > > ================= > > from George- > > La Perouse was, in a way, the French version of Franklin. He disappeared, > from the middle of nowhere (= Botany Bay), in 1788, which stimulated the > departure of several French and English expeditions to go in search of > "Boussole" and "Astrolabe", the best known being that of d'Entrecasteaux. > Several works mentioning La Perouse in the title are accounts of those > search expeditions, such as "Looking for La Perouse", by Frank Horner > (Melbourne University Press, 1995) > > There are several works about La Perouse in French, but if John is looking > for an English version he might search for- > "Pacific Explorer, the life of Jean-Francois de La Perouse, 1741-88", by > John Dunmore (the Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, New Zealand. 1985). As a > self-publication, it may not have achieved wide distribution, but it may be > worth exploring secondhand bookshops in New Zealand. > > In French, (Amiral) M R de Brossard has written "Le Voyage de La Perouse" > (Paris 1965), and another having the same title, edited by Le Brossard and > Dunmore, in 2 vols (Imprimerie Nationale, Paris, 1985). > > What are presumably original accounts surviving from the first part of the > voyage are to be found in - > Milet-Mireau N L A (ed.) "Voyage autour du monde ... de la Perouse", 3 vols, > L'Imprimerie de la Republique, Paris 1797. How they found sufficient > material from an expedition that failed to return, to occupy 3 volumes, > eludes me; presumably he sent interim journals back to Paris during his > travels. There's an abridged paperback of this, published by Maspero, Paris, > 1980. > > I should add that I have no acquaintance with any of these works, except the > book by Horner, from which these references were gleaned. I would not know > about anything published since 1995, then. > > The most famous words about La Perouse were the last words uttered by King > Louis XVI, who enquired from the scaffold whether there was any news of La > Perouise. The answer was, unfortunately, no. > > George. > > contact George Huxtable at geo...---.u-net.com > or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222) > or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK. _____________________________________________________________________ This e-mail has been scanned for viruses by Verizon Business Internet Managed Scanning Services - powered by MessageLabs. For further information visit http://www.verizonbusiness.com/uk _____________________________________________________________________ This e-mail has been scanned for viruses by Verizon Business Internet Managed Scanning Services - powered by MessageLabs. For further information visit http://www.verizonbusiness.com/uk --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ To post to this group, send email to NavList@fer3.com To unsubscribe, send email to NavListfirstname.lastname@example.org -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---