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1000636On board the GéographeA man sitting on a case of poultry, kept for food. In the background, most likely a canon on the ship’s bridge. On board the Géographe, C.-A. Lesueur, 1800On board the GéographeA man sitting on a case of poultry, kept for food. In the background, most likely a canon on the...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/13012_det.jpg?itok=1-ex7MqGMuséum du Havre
1000623Théodore Leschenault De La TourThéodore Leschenault De La Tour (1773-1826), the chief botanist of the expedition, was left sick in Timor on 2nd June 1803. However he recovered and returned to France in 1807 via Java (now Indonesia), bringing back numerous collections of specimens. He introduced many plant species, such as cinnamon trees from Ceylon and cotton plants, to the French colonies. Théodore Leschenault on board the Géographe, C.-A. Lesueur, 1800Théodore Leschenault De La TourThéodore Leschenault De La Tour (1773-1826), the chief botanist of the expedition, was left sick...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/13015r_det.jpg?itok=zUNGsdIxMuséum du Havre
1000638Sail-maker on the GéographeThis sailor is sewing up a sail, no doubt dammaged. He is sitting on a case of poultry, kept for food. ‘Sail-maker on the Géographe’, C.-A. Lesueur, 1800Sail-maker on the GéographeThis sailor is sewing up a sail, no doubt dammaged. He is sitting on a case of poultry, kept for...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/13025r_det.jpg?itok=IghtKKVEMuséum du Havre
1000635Helmsman on the GéographeThe helmsman is the sailor at the tiller, in charge of surveillance from the bridge. ‘Helmsman on the Géographe’ C.-A. Lesueur, 1800Helmsman on the GéographeThe helmsman is the sailor at the tiller, in charge of surveillance from the bridge. ‘Helmsman...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/13017_det.jpg?itok=uscfoOthMuséum du Havre
12652000Lesueur on the GéographeThis is most likely a self-portrait. ‘Lesueur on the Géographe’, C.-A. Lesueur, 1800Lesueur on the GéographeThis is most likely a self-portrait. ‘Lesueur on the Géographe’, C.-A. Lesueur, 1800Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/13032_det.jpg?itok=Lj4eHZnWMuséum du Havre
1000632Sailors on the capstan of the GéographeSsailors on the capstan of the Géographe’, C.-A. Lesueur, 1800 " ( … ) citizen Milbert [and] citizen Le Brun began by drawing the porpoise they had caught the day before. Then it was citizen Péron who did the anatomical observations to see its internal composition, in spite of the fact that it had been known of for a long time. Afterwards it was shared/we shared it amongst the voyagers for lunch and saved/saved some for the officers’ table. It was the first time I had eaten it, and many others like me hadn’t ever eaten it before either. But everyone found it delicious, or that is to say good enough." Journal of Anselme Riédlé, 2 December 1800, National Museum of Natural History, Central Library (1688).Sailors on the capstan of the...Ssailors on the capstan of the Géographe’, C.-A. Lesueur, 1800 " ( … ) citizen Milbert [and]...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/13016r_det.jpg?itok=9hv79dYkMuséum du Havre

Life on board

Nearly two hundred people, some forty of whom were savants, embarked on the expedition.

Life on board became increasingly difficult, with the lack of experience of a large number of the crew in addition to the bad weather conditions. From the start of the Atlantic crossing the storms increased.

Poultry was kept on board the ship as a precious food reserve, but the sea-water filters (one of the major contributions from the experience of English explorer James Cook), soon ran out.

And from then disease began to take hold amonst the voyagers. Scurvy and dysentry, common diseases during these sorts of expeditions, ravaged the ships.

 

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