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Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 to 1859
The Voyage of Louis de Freycinet 1817-1820

Perruche Érythroptere (Timor - Indonesia).

from Voyage Autour du Monde …
sur les Corvettes de S.M. l’Uranie et la Physicienne.
Paris: Pillet Aîné, 1825.

The route of the expedition took the ship from the west coast of Australia toward Guam. From Guam, the Uranie headed south from the Hawaiian Islands and back towards the east coast of Australia. As they neared Fiji, Freycinet came upon Samoa, and charted it. The island bears its traditional name, but he named the island Rose, after his wife, who was a stowaway on the voyage. On the way home, the ship suffered a disastrous wreck as the ship passed through the Le Maire Strait at the tip of South America. No lives were lost, but the botanical specimens went under. The botanist, Charles Gaudichaud-Beaupré rescued them and had two months to collect more as they waited at Tierra del Fuego to be rescued.


During the passage from the west coast of Australia toward Guam, the ship stopped to allow the scientists to explore the island of Timor. There this beautiful parrot was found. Its Greek appellation indicates its bright red color. Jean René Constant Quoy and Paul Gaimard were the distinguished naturalists accompanying the expedition.


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