The Saint-Géran is a ship of the French East India Company, launched in Lorient on July 11, 1736, which sank in 1744 on the island of Amber in the north-east of the island of France, the present island Maurice, while on his fourth voyage under the direction of Captain Richard de Lamarre (or La Marre). A landmark event in island history, it inspired Bernardin de Saint-Pierre with the story of Paul and Virginie, in which the eponymous young heroine was drowned, at the end of the book, in the sinking of the building. , for want of having removed his clothes. His wreck is today a scuba diving site. His bell is at the naval museum of Mahébourg. It owes its name to Saint Géran, bishop of Auxerre in the 10th century.