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'Francis's Patent Metallic Life Cars', c 1850.

'Francis's Patent Metallic Life Cars', c 1850.
2 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 18cm


Illustration showing Joseph Francis's (1801-93) lifeboat, various details of its design, the launching mechanism and a vignette of its use. The illustration of its use shows the 'landing of 201 persons from the wreck of the ship Ayrshire, in a terrific snow storm 12 Jan 1830 on the coast of New Jersey by the Metallic Life Car'.

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