'The Goodwin Sands Floating Shipwreck Asylum', 19th century.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Lithograph by Rear Admiral J N Tayler of a proposal for a moored ship to be used to save people from shipwrecks at the Goodwin Sands. The Goodwin Sands are a notoriously treacherous stretch of sea on the east coast of Kent. Shifting sands makes the building of lighthouses impossible and consequently an area prone to shipwrecks. This lithograph comprises of a vignette of the moored asylum in use with a diagram of the vessel with explanatory captions.