Captn. Schank, Royal Navy.
London, Published Octr. 19. 1799, by C. Turner, No.40. Castle Street, Oxford Road.
A very rare mezzotint. 382 x 284mm. Trimmed to the plate mark and laid on board.
Admiral John Schank, (c. 1740 – 6 February 1823), was an officer of the British Royal Navy until his death. He was known for his remarkable skills at mechanical design, earning the nickname "Old Purchase" following his design and construction of a cot fitted with pulleys that allowed it to be adjusted by the person lying in it. As a lieutenant in 1776, he was placed in charge of assembling ships to battle the American Revolutionaries on the Great Lakes. After being made a captain in 1783, he brought before the Admiralty his design for ships with a sliding keel. His design was tested successfully and incorporated by the Admiralty into several larger vessels, most notably the Lady Nelson, which explored parts of Australia. HMS Cynthia, a 16-gun ship sloop launched in 1796 had three sliding keels. Mount Schank and Cape Schanck, Australia were named for the Admiral in December 1800.
Not in Parker. NMM: PAG9398. From the Collection of Viscount Hood. Whitman 512 only state.
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