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Medal for the departure of the first voyage of the Astrolabe
Paris,: Depaulis, 1826.. Bronze medal, 50 mm., good even tone, traces of die-rust, about extremely fine. Rare original medallion commemorating the departure on 25 April 1826 of the first voyage of the Astrolabe to the South Seas, under the command of Dumont d'Urville.The Astrolabe (Duperrey's old ship the Coquille renamed in honour of La PÈrouse) was instructed to explore the principal island groups in the South Pacific, completing the work of the Duperrey voyage, on which the commander had been a naturalist. The expedition sailed via the Cape of Good Hope, through Bass Strait, stopped at Port Phillip, and arrived at Sydney on 1 December 1828. They later sailed via the northwest coast of Australia to Tasmania, from where they proceeded to Vanikoro in search of traces of La PÈrouse.The full inscription on the reverse reads: "S.A.R. Monseigneur Le Dauphin, Amiral de France. M. Le Cte Chabrol de Crouzol, Pair de France, Ministre de la Marine. M. Dumont D'Urville, Captaine de Fregate, commandant ''Expedition".Marquess of Milford Haven, 'British and Foreign Naval Medals', 190.
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