French ship Bon Papa

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The Bon Papa (French: literally "good daddy" but means "grandfather".) was a French frigate of approximately 280 ton displacement in the late 18th century. The majority of records regarding the ship come from its participation in the relocation of the people who were to become known as Cajuns. Bon Papa was the first of seven ships that took part in the relocation of Acadians from France to Louisiana in 1785. On May 10 of that year, under the command of Captain Pelletier, it departed from France carrying 34 families, a total of 156 Acadians, to Louisiana. They arrived at Lafourche on July 29, 1785. The voyage took 81 days. Though they encountered only favorable weather and the ship was free of disease, one death was reported during the crossing; a young daughter of Eustache Govin.

See also[edit]


  • Braud, Gérard-Marc From Nantes to Louisiana, La Rainette Inc; English ed edition, 2001, ISBN 0-9674178-0-5.
  • Hebert, Donald J. Acadian Families in Exile 1785, Hebert Publications, Louisiana.

External links[edit]

  • History and passenger manifest. [1]
  • Another historical reference with some links to Acadian history. [2]