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Before the start of the swim along the path of the French navigator and traveler Jean Francois de Halo, Count de La Perouse from Moneron Island to Sakhalin Island, participants of the international project “Sakhalin Victory Landing Force” visited the Historical and Local Lore Museum of the city of Nevelsk.
After the end of the excursion organized for the participants of the swim, the descendant of the French navigator and traveler – Jean Marie Pestelle de La Perouse presented the museum staff with an engraving by Dychet Debussy depicting Jean-François de Halo de La Perouse.
Further, the team of the Sakhalin Victory Troopers project, together with servicemen of the army corps of the Air Defense Forces and the staff of the Russian Geographical Society, took part in a prayer service for the successful completion of the swim, which was conducted by the rector of the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, Father Konstantin.
After the event, all project participants and servicemen of the military corps of the Air Defense Forces, who are part of the working group of the Center for Assistance to Projects of the Russian Geographical Society, went to Moneron Island.
On the day of arrival on the island, an excursion to its picturesque places was organized for all project participants, and in the evening of the same day, athletes, replacing each other, swam part of the distance. Then, having determined the geographical coordinates, we returned back to continue the swim from the same place the next day.
On August 17, under the auspices of the Interregional Association of Cold Swimming of Russia, the swim of athletes from Russia, France, Spain, Austria along the path of the French navigator La Perouse – between Moneron Island and the south-western coast of Sakhalin ended in the city of Nevelsk.
In honor of the successful completion of the international swim, Jean Marie Pestel de La Perouse, a descendant of La Perouse, handed over to the residents of Nevelsk the book of the vice-consul of the French royal court, J. B. Lesseps.
French navigator Jean-François de Galo de La Perouse sent J. B. Lesseps with the reporting materials of the expedition to Paris, and on September 19, 1786, he left Petropavlovsk and went south. In 1787, most of the Astrolabe’s crew perished on the Samoa Islands. La Perouse’s expedition was last seen at Botany Bay in New South Wales (1788), after which it went missing. The remains of a sunken frigate were discovered by the French in 1826 on the reefs of Vanikoro Island in the Santa Cruz group of islands. In 1797, the book “A Journey Around the World” was published, written according to La Perouse’s notes preserved by JB Lesseps, which was reprinted in subsequent years.
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