Collecting drinking water, Carteret Haven, New Ireland, 1826-1829.
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Lithograph by St Aulaire after de Sainson, showing French sailors filling buckets with fresh water for their ship, the 'Astrolabe', in what is now Papua New Guinea. Oars have been lashed together to support the tube they are using to transfer the water into barrels in the rowing boat. 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 a scientific expedition to the Pacific. Illustration from the atlas section of the book.