Timeline

Crew  

  • Astrolabe – 102 officers and crew.
  • Zélée  - 81 crew.
    Deaths : 22
    Deserters : 13
    Disembarked : 8
    Left sick en route : 8

Ships

  • Astrolabe - 380 ton corvette
  • Zelee - 300 ton corvette.

Timeline

1837 February   King Louis-Philippe asks Dumont d’Urville to explore the South Pole
  7 September Astrolabe and Zélée set sail from Toulon, France.
  30 September – 7 October Tenerife, Canary Islands
  13 December – 9 January Straits of Magellan
  13 January Entered Antarctic waters
1838 15 January Sighted icebergs
  22 January Went aboard ice flow
  25 January South Orkney Islands
  9 February Astrolabe caught in ice in South Shetlands
  7 March Left the Southern ocean
  6 April - 23 May Talcahuano Bay, Chile. Spent 2 months here, lots crew had scurvy, got supplies
  25 May – 1 June Valparaiso, Chile.
  3-15 August   Mangareva, Gambier Islands                  
  25 August – 3 September Nuka Hiva,  Marquesas Islands
  September Tahiti, Samoa
  October Tonga, Fiji
  6 November Vanikoro, Santa Cruz Islands
  12 November – 7 December Solomon Islands
  22-26 December Caroline Islands
1839 1-12 January Guam
  29 January - 25 February Indonesia
  27 March – 6 April North coast Australia, Raffles Bay.
  23-30 April Triton Bay, New Guinea
  27 June – 2 July Singapore
  21 July-6 August Philippines
  23 August – 30 September Semarang, Java, Indonesia
  1 November “From November 1 to December 12 our ships were a scene of death and mourning” wrote Dumont d’Urville. 4 died on the Astrolabe, 5 on the Zélée
  12 December   Arrived Hobart, Tasmania

1840 1 January   Sailed from Hobart to Antarctic
  19 January Land sighted on Antarctica, Dumont d’Urville named it Terre Adélie, after his wife, saw a new penguin species, the Adélie penguin.
  29 January Came across the Porpoise – part of the American Wilkes expedition.
  1 February Returned to Hobart
  17-25 February Hobart
  11-20 March Auckland Islands
  30 March – 3 April Otago harbour.  Met up with the Porpoise again
  8-17 April Akaroa
  29 April – 4 May Bay of Islands where they were informed of the Treaty of Waitangi, and that Captain Hobson was the Governor of NZ. Dumomt d’Urville given 2 kiwis from a native Māori
  14-16 May Loyalty Islands
  1-4 June Torres Strait – stuck on reefs and unloaded natural history collections and supplies
  21-26 June Anchored Kupang Bay, Timor.
  7-9 September St Helena
  6 Nov Toulon
1842 8 May Dumont d'Urville , wife and child killed in train crash
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