The Mystery of Lapérouse's shipwrecks

with Jean-Bernard Memet & Henri Maquet

Director(s)  Victor & Simon
Participant(s)  Henri Maquet
Participant(s)  Jean-Bernard Memet
Year  2018

In May 2018, as part of LUMA Days #2, a forum of art and ideas, entitled Hospitality, Searching for Common Ground, we invited local and international experts, scientists, artists, thinkers, and activists to converge with the general public to share ideas and experiences around topical issues.

No one has yet discovered the secret of the shipwreck of the Compass and the Astrolabe. The two frigates had been launched to discover the Pacific by Louis XVI, under the command of Captain (Navy) Jean-François de Galaup, Count of Lapérouse. After three years criss-crossing the seas of the globe, the Compass and the Astrolabe sank in the middle of a storm. It was one night in 1788, on the reefs of Vanikoro, a totally isolated island in the Solomon archipelago. Since then, France has been trying to find out what became of the 220 members of this scientific expedition, one of the most prestigious of the time. During the 2003 expedition, the divers came across a perfectly preserved skeleton...

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