Sea monster devouring a fleet of ships, 1811.
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'Lose their Compas, their ship slips between the teeth of a fish unknown in this part of the world'; engraving by Thomas Rowlandson from 'Surprising adventures of the renowned Baron Munchausen, containing singular travels, campaigns, voyages, and adventures', published in London in 1811. The book was based on the stories of Karl Friedrich Hieronymous von Munchausen (1720-1797) a cavalry captain with a Rusian regiment who served in two Turkish wars. He was known as a teller of tall tales about travel, war, and hunting adventures.