Esteemed Readers, our voyage goes one. The heat & lack of wind don’t allow us to sail as fast as we wished but we enjoy the time catching fishes & studying all the beauties of the stars.
Aboard the Oiseau, 30 March 1685
“…The wind was good until nine o’clock in the morning, so we were sailing 2 lieuës per hour. After the sun has reigned, tranquillity has returned back. We were beholding it from your side: it was between you & us. It moves to the North, we do to the South, & farther we are from each other, more winds & freshness return…”
Aboard the Oiseau, 31 March 1685
“…Tranquillity is profound; the heat is too high, especially at night. It was windy in the morning but it was in the opposite direction. It didn’t allow us to head for the Southwest. It hails from time to time, it helps us to move slowly. Thunderstorms keep us waiting. When it rains a wind blows, so for an instance we are unable to stand. I have had a good star lesson this evening. The Canicule (Canes Venatia) is so bright! I like it more than Jupiter, while Venus is so graceful in her full brilliance. I wish I could share them with you not only naming these these beautiful Antarctic stars. For you to travel to Southern lands where an empire is waiting for you. We don’t see the Polar star any more, but we are still contemplating the Crux without any difficulty…”
Aboard the Oiseau, 1 April 1685
“…It was calm all the night long. There was a little opposite wind this morning. We haven’t managed to move, so it is better to languish still. We entertain ourselves catching Porcines (a species of edible Sea pigs). Nota bene: one who has a bit of Porcine should add a handful of salt, then it is good. The heat has risen. We are still staying at 2 degrees 10 minutes…
Dieu Vous Ait en Sa Sainte Garde,
Vostre l’Abbé de Choisy ”
Image: Beauvais, Vaisseaux, tapestry.