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Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 to 1859
  Voyage of Dumont d'Urville 1826-1829
 
While the crew was anchored at Hobart Town in Tasmania, d’Urville learned that the news reports about the discovery of the ships of La Pérouse were true. They had been found by Peter Dillon at Vanikoro, in the Santa Cruz group, northwest of Fiji, not far from his own route in that area.

 

Canoes of the islands of Vanikoro with sail.

from Voyage de la Corvette l’Astrolabe…
Pendant les Années 1826-1829:
Paris: J. Tastu, 1830-1834
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Dedicated to learning more about the fate of the expedition of La Pérouse, Dumont d’Urville immediately made the long voyage back to that area, so near to that which he had explored, to substantiate the reports. He missed Dillon by four months. He made inquiries, and was able to acquire a few additional remnants of the ships. He also erected a monument to the ships, and made a detailed map of the island, noting the sites of the wrecks.

 

D'Urville: Page 7 of 8.
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