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Captain George Manby

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Captain George Manby (1765-1854) was Master of the Great Yarmouth artillery barracks during the early 19th century and during his time there he designed many inventions for saving lives at sea.

He invented a system that used a mortar to fire a line onto stranded vessels. People were put into slings or breeches buoys and winched to safety along this line. This was the best known of Manby’s inventions and saved thousands of lives.

 

Manby was desperate for fame and recognition and toured Britain and Europe promoting himself and his inventions.

The following exhibition brings together objects in the Great Yarmouth collection which tell the story of his life and work.

Comments

Posted:2013 5 13 17:46:13 GMT
Life-Saving Equipment
Readers may be interested to look up Henry Trengrouse, a Cornish contemporary of Manby, who independently at about the same time designed a rocket (rather than mortar) device to fire lines to stranded vessels. There is a fairly thorough piece about Trengrouse on Wikipedia, which mentions Manby and also John Bell, who had devised an apparatus several years earlier.
Kate Brett Cambridge

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