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FRIGATES THAT VANISHED

had made his famous voyage of discovery, the belief still persisted in France that La Pérouse and some of his officers and men were existing somewhere in the South Seas and awaiting the rescue that never came.

Soon after Captain Dillon visited Manicola, a French ship arrived there on a similar mission. Having satisfied himself as to the location of the wreck of the flag-ship, L'Astrolabe, the captain sent his crew ashore to erect an enduring monument of stone, upon which was carved the words:

"To the Memory of La Pérouse and his Companions."