Track of the Boats of the Alceste from the Wreck to Batavia


Tracking a heroic French rescue expedition in Southeast Asia.

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This uncomplicated navigational chart was reduced from a map designed by J. Mayne, Master of H.M.S. Alceste, and published by Longom, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown in London in 1818. It shows the route endured by the boats of the Alceste through the Java Sea after the ship struck a reef.

It took the small party over a month of bluewater sailing to reach the shores of Dutch Batavia (modern-day Jakarta), where they raised a rescue crew aboard a ship owned by the British East India Company. The captain’s heroic actions saw him awarded a knighthood the same year as publication.


Map Details

Publication Date: 1818

Author: J. Mayne

Sheet Width (in): 8.2

Sheet Height (in): 10.3

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Light spotting on the left and right sides of the sheet and around the margins. Tears in the right margin where previously bound. Very good overall.


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