The frigate 'Coquille' anchored near Ascension Island, 1822-1825.
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Engraved plate 60 from 'Voyage autour du monde' ('Voyage round the world') (1826) by Louis Isidore Duperrey. Duperrey's ship is shown at anchor by the volcanic island of Ascension which was so named by the Portuguese because they sighted it on the feast of the Ascension in 1501. Ascension later became part of the British dependent state of Saint Helena. Duperrey (1786-1865), a French marine hydrographer, was the commander of the 'Coquille' during its voyage (1822-1825) to Chile, Peru, Polynesia, the Molucca Islands (Indonesia), New Ireland (Papua New Guinea) and Australia.