The 'Astrolabe' in distres on the reef, Tonga, 1826-1829.
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Lithograph by St Aulaire with figures by Adam after de Sainson, showing the French ship Astrolabe in danger of being wrecked on coral reefs off the coast of Tonga. Illustration from '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. The book, (in English, 'Voyage of discovery of the 'Astrolabe': undertaken by order of the king, during the years 1826-1829'), is an account of the Astrolabe's scientific expedition to the Pacific. Illustration from the atlas section of the book.