Lithograph drawn by St Aulaire of the Astrolabe 'falling suddenly on the reefs in the Bay of Plenty'. The Astrolabe was under the command of French navigator Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842), during a scientific expedition to the Pacific. Dumont d'Urville wrote an account of the journey, from which this is an illustration, in 'Voyage de decouvertes de 'l'Astrolabe': execute par ordre du roi, pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829' by French navigator Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842), published in Paris in 1833. In English, 'Voyage of discovery of the 'Astrolabe': undertaken by order of the king, during the years 1826-1829').
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