'Major Mony's (sic) Perilous Situation', July 1785.
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Engraving by Owen after a drawing by Thurston showing Major Money falling into the sea off the coast of Yarmouth, Norfolk. Major John Money, an English ballooning enthusiast, made three ascents during his career. His second, on 22 July 1785 was almost fatal. He set off from Norwich with a light breeze behind him. Soon after the wind shifted and a strong current pulled him towards the sea. By early evening he had drifted to the coast at Pakefield, near Yarmouth and was seen disappearing out to sea. Rescue boats were sent out but it was feared the aeronaut had drowned. Money spent five hours in the water before finally being picked up by the crew of the 'Argus'. The next morning he landed at Lowestoft to a hero's welcome. Published by R N Rose of Holborn, London on 1 May 1820.