Shipwreck, 1827.
2 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 17cm

Shipwreck, 1827.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Engraving by P Roberts showing a ship in distres in heavy seas, with men using a kite at the top of a cliff. George Pocock believed that kites could be used at sea as auxiliary sails, and for dropping anchor in the case of a shipwreck. Illustration from Pocock's 'Treatise on the aeropleustic Art, or Navigation in the Air', (London, 1827).

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