Man-radar from port louis
For more than a century, the mystery remains unsolved Etienne Bottineau, who lived on the island of Mauritius in the second half of the XVIII - the beginning of the last century
Bottineau Etienne was born in Champtoceaux (department Riehen-et-Loire) in 1739. Died in Mauritius at the age of 74 years old young man, May 17, 1813 went to Nantes, where, and left on the island ... It is a line from "Dictionary of Mauritian biographies", published in Port Louis in small editions. And most importantly - "In 1762, on board one of the ships of the Royal Navy he had the idea that the moving ship must produce in the atmosphere some effect Some time after the training, he was able to determine the appearance of a ship on the horizon. But he was wrong so often that soon ceased his experiments ... ".
But only for a while In 1763, Bottineau arrived on the island and was promoted to engineer good weather most of the year, as well as the fact that many vessels bypassed Mauritius without having to go to the port, allowed him to practice After a while Bottineau already bettors "He earned a lot of money, because three days before the vessel on the horizon, even without the optical tube, foreshadowed his coming "
In 1780, Bottineau wrote about his amazing abilities of the then Minister of the Navy of France de Castries He instructed for two years to record all observations with unknown sluzhashego Mauritius. Officially, they began May 15, 1782. Bottino said that approaching three ships, which were 17, 18 and 25 May. June 20, he predicted the coming of "many ships" and the number 29 shows the first ships of the French fleet, detained calmness.
Bottineau demanded from the Governor 100 thousand livres premiums and an annual pension of 1,300 livres for what he reveals his secret, recalling that from 1778 to 1782, he predicted the arrival of 575 ships a few days before they appear on the horizon. But the governor was in no hurry to part with money.
So offended Bottineau went home. Audience with the Minister of Marine he was not achieved, but he sought public recognition of the city of Lorient, showing her his abilities. Then, in 1785, in the newspaper "Merkyurde France" published "Excerpts from the memoirs of Etienne Bottineau nauskopii" - the name he gave to his gift. According to press reports at the time, the colonial officials could interest myself Jean-Paul Marat, who was then just wrote a treatise on physics. But meet they apparently failed.
In 1793, Bottineau returned to Mauritius and his experiments persisted. June 15, he said that soon there will be 20 ships, but none of them appeared. Over Bottineau began to laugh. But soon the scoffers had to apologize, because it turned out that the admiral of the squadron decided not to go to Mauritius and went to India.
What else is known about Bottineau? Besides the already mentioned evidence, a new bar, found out only recently: for a while he lived in Ceylon, in Colombo, where he was seen by one of the editors of the book "New Biography of contemporaries," published in 1827. In the third volume it says that there Bottineau studied "animal magnetism" - the basics of hypnosis. Add to this: he studied there in the animal magnetism of the school, I talked with the Indians, who "could do wonders" (from the memoirs of Bottineau). And here is what he wrote about himself:
"The audience can remember about my experiments, done in June 1793 at a large gathering of people, and in May 1794 the first organized by the city council. It did not save me from the attacks of individuals, namely, we mocked me when I predicted the presence of ships near the island, and they do not come. The answer is simple: they are not sent to our island! These are people who have no glimmer of thought, did not believe anything, doubt everything, saying that I am a charlatan, and that this can not be. I am forced to live among the rabble of silly, stupid and brutal fellows, mired in routine, in bayonets perceive any discovery, drop down one iota of their own primitive understanding of the world .... "
What the gift was Etienne Bottineau? He himself his secrets as anyone and did not disclose. Is that two of his disciples, and even then not all. But Mauritius preserved his letter Marat, in which, inter alia, states:
"The vessel is approaching the coast, produces a certain effect on the atmosphere, resulting in an approximation can be found an experienced eye, before the ship reaches the limits of visibility. My predictions favored clear skies and clear atmosphere ... I stayed on the island only six months, when convinced of his discovery, and could only gain experience to become nauskopiya true science. "
Maybe this is due to mirages, so frequent in the sea? Or is the subject of a relatively young science of dowsing? But historians have nothing to write about, whether in Bottineau any equipment ...
He died in 1813, taking with him to the grave the secret nauskopii. In Mauritius, about him remembered. Monument, of course not, but the Mountain Montagne Longue (Long), towering over the blue surface of the ocean, where made his observation Etienne Bottineau, resembles modern scholars of their duty to science to reveal the secret of his gift.