Louis Auguste de Sainson (Artist) Félix-Achille Saint-Aulaire (Lithographer) Joseph Lemercier (Lithographer)

La Corvette l'Astrolabe tombant tout-à-coup sur des récifs dans la baie de l'Abondance, (Nouvelle Zélande), [The Corvette Astrolabe falling suddenly on reefs in the Bay of Plenty, (New Zealand)]

La Corvette l'Astrolabe tombant tout-à-coup sur des récifs dans la baie de l'Abondance, (Nouvelle Zélande), [The Corvette Astrolabe falling suddenly on reefs in the Bay of Plenty, (New Zealand)] by Louis Auguste de Sainson, Félix-Achille Saint-Aulaire, Joseph Lemercier

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The Astrolabe weathered a violent storm in the Bay of Plenty over 15-16 February 1827, and was in danger of shipwreck. D'Urville described their predicament "Very soon the gale became a raging hurricane, the waves rose to a terrifying height, while remaining quite short and thus even more dangerous....For four whole hours this awesome disturbance of nature held us in a desperate situation. The force of the wind, the fury of the waves and the enveloping darkness reduced us to pitiful inactivity and utter ignorance as to our position. All we knew was that we were surrounded on every side by danger and felt that a few more violent jolts and our masts would come down." (Rosenman, 1987, pp.100-1)

Title
La Corvette l'Astrolabe tombant tout-à-coup sur des récifs dans la baie de l'Abondance, (Nouvelle Zélande), [The Corvette Astrolabe falling suddenly on reefs in the Bay of Plenty, (New Zealand)]
Artist/creator
Production date
1833
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
325 x 495 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2008
Accession no
2009/3/6
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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