History - Contexts, Voyage, People, Collections

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    In 1791, contre-amiral, rear admiral, Joseph Antoine Bruni d’Entrecasteaux (Figure 1.1) was despatched by the French monarch Louis XVI—under direction from the Assemblée nationale constituante (National Constituent Assembly)—to search for the lost vessels of Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse. Departing Brest in August 1785, La Pérouse and his men were last seen by Europeans at Botany Bay (New South Wales) in March 1788.1 Bruni d’Entrecasteaux sailed from Brest on 29 September 1791 in command of around 220 persons aboard the Recherche and the Espérance, sturdy three-masted gabares, transports, reclassified (flatteringly) as 6-gun frigates but ideally suited for the rigours of a voyage of exploration. However, from the outset the voyage was afflicted by the marked speed deficit of the Espérance relative to the flagship. The disparity affected the trajectory of the voyage, lengthened its sea stages, and thereby contributed to the extreme hardship suffered in the final phase, as stores dwindled and decayed and scurvy struck.2
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCollecting in the South Sea: The Voyage of Bruni d’Entrecasteaux 1791–1794
    EditorsBronwen Douglas, Fanny Wonu Veys & Billie Lythberg
    Place of PublicationLeiden
    PublisherSidestone Press
    ISBN (Print)9789088905742
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


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