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Image number: RS.11420
Credit: ©The Royal Society

The Royal Nassau Balloon




Thomas Jones (active 1840s-1850s, British), Engraver

Object type

Library reference





height (print): 126mm
width (print): 208mm


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Scene showing the end of the sixteenth ascent of the Royal Nassau balloon. The flight commenced from Vauxhall Gardens, London and ended with the balloon ditching in the River Thames two miles north of Sheerness. Green managed to anchor the craft by a wreck buoy and the crew were then assisted by a boat from a nearby barge. The illustration shows that moment: passenger George Rush of Elsenham Hall, Essex is seen at the balloon hoop; Charles Green is with two boatmen aboard the rescue craft.

From the pamphlet An account of ascents in the Nassau and Victoria balloons, in the years 1838, 1849, & 1850, by George Rush (London, W.H Jones and Thomas Jones, 1851).

The print is inscribed above: ‘DESCENT OF THE ROYAL NASSAU BALLOON IN THE RIVER THAMES, NEAR THE SWASH WAY, JUNE 29 1850.’; inscribed below right: ‘Thos. Jones sc.’

Charles Green (1785-1870), British balloonist held distance records for balloon flights and is credited with the invention of the trail rope.

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