Captain Warner's Experiment.On Saturday July 20th 1844 Captain Warner's invention to destroy a vessel was tried at Brighton with Complete Success, the Ship destroyed was the "John O'Gaunt" a Noble Vessel of full Three Hundred Tons Burthen and presented for that purpose by Mr. Soame, an Eminent Merchant. She was towed opposite the Bettery, about a Mile and a Quarter out at Sea, by a Small Steam Tug. "The Sir William Wallace" on board of which was Captain Warner and his apparatus, at a distance from her of nearly 300 Yards,upon a Signal being given from the Battery, and the Gallant Captain answering all was ready, almost In stantaneously, a Volulme of Smoke and Water rose in the air which for the Moment concealed the Vessel, on its clearing disclosed her a Total Wreck, and She sund in upwards of Thirty Feet of Water, Thus, within Three minutes by means of this Awful discovery, was the work of devastation Silently and Surely. Completed.
Published by W. H. Mason, Printseller & Publisher to the Queen, Repository of Arts, 81 Kings Road Brighton, July 27th 1844. ___ London, Ackermann and Compy.
Tinted lithograph. 250 x 350mm image.
Built in 1830 'Sir William Wallace' was the first wooden paddle Steam tug of the The Dundee. Perth and London Shipping Company.
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