La Perouse collection website is a gateway for all researchers ans historians interested in the greatest French expedition of the 18th century. Discover this prestigious collection through this website thought and created by the Assocation Salomon in partnership with the Maritime Museum of New Caledonia.
Thousands of medals were specially minted in England to commemorate James Cook's second circumnavigation (1772-1775). The one shown here, found in 1950 in New Caledonia's district of Ouegoa by a member of the Jacques family, is the only tangible remain of the great navigator's visit to New Caledonia in his ship HMS Resolution.
In 1968, divers from the French Navy discovered the wreck of the Seine, a French naval corvette which foundered near Pouebo on the East coast of New Caledonia in 1846.
The Museum has set up an exhibition designed to take the visitor step by step through the sequence of events which led to the presence of this French man-of-war off the coast of New Caledonia seven years before France officially took possession of the territory, and the top-secret mission that the French government had entrusted to François Leconte, her Captain.
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Musée Maritime de Nouvelle Calédonie
BP 1755 - 98845 Noumea Cedex
Adults : 500 F
Children 6-18, Seniors (over 60), Unemployed and Students (with ID) : 250 F
Children under 6, Handicapped, Museum members, ICOM card holders : free
Major credit cards accepted from 2000 F
Currencies accepted: A$, NZ$
Tuesday to Sunday
10 am to 5 pm