THE LINDA HALL LIBRARY HISTORY OF SCIENCE COLLECTION
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
from Voyage de la
Corvette l’Astrolabe… Pendant les Années
1826-1829: Paris: J. Tastu, 1830-1834.
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.