Mr and Mrs Graham's balloon ascent, 14 November 1825.
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Engraving with text, showing the Graham's balloon landing in the sea between Stokehead and Yealm Point, near Plymouth, Devon. Goerge and Margaret Graham attempted a balloon ascent from Stonehouse market in Plymouth on Monday 14 November 1825. A series of pilot balloons released prior to the ascent were all carried out to sea by a strong southerly wind, but despite the risks, the couple set off at 3pm in front of a crowd of 50,000. Sure enough, the balloon was dragged seaward by the wind and came down in the sea only 14 minutes later. After 25 minutes the couple were rescued by a Royal Marine boat and returned to shore, but the balloon was lost. Published by John Cooke of 48 Union Street, Stonehouse in December 1825.