Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, 1775-1851)
Life-Boat and Manby Apparatus Going off to a Stranded Vessel Making Signal (Blue Lights) of Distress, Exhibited at the Royal Academy 1831
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 122 cm)

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The Manby apparatus was a lifesaving device consisting of a rope fired from a mortar. Captain George Manby invented it after a shipwreck in 1807 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in the year that this work was exhibited.

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