This model at a scale of 1:48 represents the French corvette LE GEOGRAPHE. Nicolas Baudin sailed from France in command of LE GEOGRAPHE and LE NATURALISTE on a scientific expedition to Australia in October 1800. In the course of three years he carried out surveys of Australia's coast and collected a wide variety of natural history specimens. The expedition was much handicapped by constant political tensions and Baudin died of tuberculosis while returning to France in 1803. As a result he was unable to defend his reputation and his expedition results were largely overshadowed in the turmoil of Napoleon's planned invasion of England.