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Ascent of the Sailing Balloon from Cremorne

 Digital Record
Identifier: VBI_000300


  • Creation: circa 1865 August

Conditions Governing Use

Access to the Theodore Newton Vail Collection of Aeronautical Images, Broadsides and Clippings is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.

Biographical / Historical

M. Delamarne developed his steerable dirigible, "L'Esperance," and exhibited it throughout the month of August, 1865 at Cremorne Gardens. The balloon was destroyed by fire during the Aeronautical Exhibition of 1868.

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

Box 15

Physical Description



8.5 x 6.9 cm

Sources used for Biographical/Historical note

Hodgson, J.E., History of Aeronautics in Great Britain (Oxford University Press, London, 1924), 317 n. 1.

General Note

Newspaper account of M. Delamarne’s new navigational invention and his use of it during an ascent from Cremorne Gardens, over the Thames flying southeast, descending in Lewisham.

Repository Details

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