The Pictorial Times, Gas and Aerostation
- Creation: 1847 September 12
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Biographical / Historical
George Burcher Gale (1794-1850) was a British Navy Lieutenant and amateur aeronaut and inventor. In 1847 he designed and built a balloon meant to combat the difficulties faced by loss of gas at high altitudes. His "Newly Invented Aerostatic Machine" had a central balloon and two auxiliary balloons which could be inflated as needed mid-voyage. It also was designed with a second car that could be lowered 20 or 30 feet below the upper car. The first ascent of this balloon was made from the Rosemary Branch Tavern, Peckham, on April 7, 1847.
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Existence and Location of Originals
2 pages; 41.8 x 29.6 cm
Article about inflating George Gale’s balloon at Vauxhall and transporting it on a steamer up the Thames to the Cremorne Gardens for its ascent. An illustration shows the balloon over the Vauxhall Bridge, tethered to ropes from the steamer. "Sept. 12, 1847" is handwritten on the bottom of page 202.
The Pictorial Times: A Weekly Journal of News, Literature, Fine Arts, and the Drama
Sources used for Biographical/Historical note
Hodgson, J.E., History of Aeronautics in Great Britain (Oxford University Press, London, 1924), 237-238.
Coxwell, Henry Tracy, My life and balloon experiences. (W.H. Allen, London, 1887), 55-57.
Sala, George Augustus, The life and adventures of George Augustus Sala, written by himself (Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1895), 238.
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