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Model Ship Saint Geran 60cm
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The remains of this famous ship can be admired on the island of Mauritius.
Length: 60 cm
Width: 21 cm
Height: 53 cm
The Saint Geran was first launched on 11 July 1736. In 1737 she sailed on her maiden voyage to Pondicherry under the command of Captain L. Laurent Aubin Duplessis. Later the Saint Geran sailed under the command of various captains including Porée de La Touche and Richard de La Marre on many journeys to the West Indies.
On 17 August 1737, the Saint Geran was shipwrecked off the north coast of Mauritius, which in those days was still called “Île de France”. The ship had left the Harbour of the Orient six months previously with 149 men on board. Only 9 of them could be rescued. The novelist Bernadin de Saint-Pierre was inspired by the shipwreck to write his famous novel “Paul et Virginie”, which was published 24 years later. Some fragments of the sunken ship can still be seen in the Naval Museum at Mahebourg on Mauritius.
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