Original photographs of relics recovered from the Vanikoro shipwreck site: "Ancres provenant de Vanikoro (naufrage de La Pérouse)" [and] Formal arrangements for the reception of the La Pérouse relics at Noumea. Jean Francois de Galaup LA PEROUSE, Comte de.
Original photographs of relics recovered from the Vanikoro shipwreck site: "Ancres provenant de Vanikoro (naufrage de La Pérouse)" [and] Formal arrangements for the reception of the La Pérouse relics at Noumea.
Original photographs of relics recovered from the Vanikoro shipwreck site: "Ancres provenant de Vanikoro (naufrage de La Pérouse)" [and] Formal arrangements for the reception of the La Pérouse relics at Noumea.
Original photographs of relics recovered from the Vanikoro shipwreck site: "Ancres provenant de Vanikoro (naufrage de La Pérouse)" [and] Formal arrangements for the reception of the La Pérouse relics at Noumea.

Original photographs of relics of the Vanikoro wreck with an official document celebrating their recovery…
Original photographs of relics recovered from the Vanikoro shipwreck site: "Ancres provenant de Vanikoro (naufrage de La Pérouse)" [and] Formal arrangements for the reception of the La Pérouse relics at Noumea.

Noumea, New Caledonia: August 1883.

Two albumen photographs, 135 x 200 mm, with manuscript captions in ink, mounted on card and framed together; with 3 pp. folio manuscript in ink on official paper with printed heading "Nouvelle Calédonie et dépendances"

The major retrieval of anchors and cannons from the La Pérouse wrecks in Vanikoro

Rare original images showing the very substantial relics of La Pérouse's wrecked Astrolabe and Boussole brought up by Commandant Bénier at Vanikoro in 1883 and taken with great ceremony to Noumea; together with the manuscript certified copy of an order given by the New Caledonian governor specifying the formal arrangements for the official reception of the relics in Noumea. ("These objects will first of all be embarked upon the official ship, suitably adorned"... "the troops present in Noumea will present arms and will be drawn up in battle order facing the sea"... "the ship will make a 21-gun salute, and a second 21-gun salute will be made by the artillery ashore", and so forth. The civil authorities are invited to join the military authorities "to receive the remains of the expedition of the glorious navigator").

Rare original images showing the very substantial relics of La Pérouse's wrecked Astrolabe and Boussole brought up by Commandant Bénier at Vanikoro in 1883 and taken with great ceremony to Noumea; together with the manuscript certified copy of an order given by the New Caledonian governor specifying the formal arrangements for the official reception of the relics in Noumea. ("These objects will first of all be embarked upon the official ship, suitably adorned"... "the troops present in Noumea will present arms and will be drawn up in battle order facing the sea"... "the ship will make a 21-gun salute, and a second 21-gun salute will be made by the artillery ashore", and so forth. The civil authorities are invited to join the military authorities "to receive the remains of the expedition of the glorious navigator").

The anchors and cannons were formally greeted on arrival at the French colonial capital by the governor, with a lofty speech in the course of which he noted that one of the cannons was still loaded. High officials, French sailors, and New Caledonian natives surround the relics for the ceremonials. These very pieces are today in the Musée Lapérouse in Albi in SW France, La Perouse's birthplace (the museum is located in "Square Botany Bay").

After the French visits of the 1820s and 1830s, 'Vanikoro fell back into its age-old isolation. No ship, other than an occasional trading schooner, is reported as calling there until the centennial of the La Pérouse voyage approached. In 1883, the Bruat was sent by the Governor of New Caledonia to look for more remains of the wrecked ships. Three anchors and various guns were brought up after explosives freed them from the encroaching coral. They were sent to France and deposited at the foot of the monument that Albi erected to her famous son' (John Dunmore, Where Fate Beckons: The Life of Jean-Francois de la Pérouse).

The order given by the governor, Pallu de la Barrière, is counter-signed by J. Druet as warrant officer of the naval division of New Caledonia.

Price (AUD): $6,400.00  other currencies     Ref: #4505030