Lapérouse in the North-West Pacific

The talk is organised by the Association Lapérouse-Albi-France.

With the support of :
- Alliance Française de Sydney

- Friends of the Lapérouse Museum

Jean François de Lapérouse is well known in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly for his voyage to Australia where he arrived in Botany Bay only days after Captain Phillip. What is perhaps less well-known are Lapérouse’s other exploits, which include explorations throughout the North West Pacific Ocean. Marc Onetto will shed light on these fascinating voyages, and speak to the time he actually tracked and followed the footprints of the Lapérouse Expedition through Alaska. 

Marc Onetto is originally from France and has been living in the USA for many years. He now resides in Seattle, Washington State, where he settled 13 years ago to join as Senior VP Operations, after several executive positions, amongst others as VP at GE Medical. Apart from his professional life, he enjoys following the tracks of the 18th century French navigator Jean-Francois de Galaup Comte de Lapérouse. Marc captains his own boat, a 65 ft trawler, named after the famous explorer.

Since 2013 he has navigated the inside Passage between Seattle and South-East Alaska, cruised twice to Glacier Bay, circumnavigated Vancouver Island, and explored British Columbia fjords, Great Bear Rainforest and reached Haida Gwaii (formely known as the Queen Charlotte Islands).

Marc is a "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite", a French Government award recognizing his contribution to Franco-American friendship and business collaboration. He is an eminent member of the "Association Lapérouse, Albi, France", which promotes activities commemorating Lapérouse. Marc is married to Sally. They have two children Corinne and Philippe, and a grandchild Hugo.

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