'The Nasau Balloon Pasing Battersea Bridge', London, 1844-1852.
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Printed woodcut from 'The Illustrated London News' depicting Green's 'Nasau' balloon flying over Battersea Bridge on its pasage up the River Thames. Charles Green (1785-1870) was one of the greatest English aeronauts. He made his most famous ascent in this balloon from London to Nasau in Germany on 7 November 1836. It was on this voyage, along with pasengers Robert Holland MP and Thomas Monck Mason, that Green succesfully completed the world's longest flight, covering an estimated 480 miles (770 km) in 18 hours. After achieving this feat, Green had an endles supply of patrons eager to make an ascent in the famous balloon. Despite his age, he continued to make frequent ascents in the 'Nasau', finally retiring in 1852 after his 500th ascent.