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Memorial and rose garden to sailors who died in French Antarctic division led by Captain Dumont d`Urville. During the 1837-1840 voyage of Dumont d`Urville, many lives were lost. At least 19 officers, petty officers and seamen died of scurvy or dysentery and the boats resembled floating hospitals.
D`Urville made two attempts to find land and the south magnetic pole in Antarctic waters. In his first attempt in 1838 he followed the route taken by James Weddell south along the coast of Tierra del Fuego, only to find that instead of clear seas there was barrier of pack ice. D`Urville tried to push his way into a break in the ice and the two ships became trapped. It was only the efforts of the crew who took five days to cut through the ice, and a favourable wind, that saved the expedition from disaster.
The second attempt was two years later and was much more successful. The Astrolabe and the La Zelee sailed from Hobart on 1 January 1840 and this time d`Urville decided to sail directly south from Tasmania. By the 19 January several men claimed to have seen land and by the next day it was plain that the two ships had found the coast of the Antarctic continent
|Address:||Queens Walk, Cornelian Bay Cemetery, New Town, 7008|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -42.85119|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1838|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1840|
Expedition au tour du monde
Des Corvettes L`Astrolabe & La Zelee
Sous Le Commandement De M J Dumont D`Urville Capitaine de Vaisseau
A L A Memoire de [ Names ]
Morts en mer [ Names ]
Morts a Hobart [ Names ]
Pascal Le Maughen
Morts accidentellement dans l`exercise de leur mission le 8 Fevrier 1999 en Terre Adelie
(Territoire de Terres Australes et Antartiques Francaises)