Tag Archives: 19th century

Illustrations of early diving apparatus from Abraham Rees…

Illustrations of early diving apparatus from Abraham Rees Cyclopedia, 1816.

The suit pictured in the bottom-left corner is a very early diving suit made by Karl Heinrich Klingert around 1797. The diving bell shown in the top-left corner was created by Dr. Edmond Halley of comet fame, around 1680.

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A Spanish naval ensign, captured from the 74-gun warship…

A Spanish naval ensign, captured from the 74-gun warship ‘San Ildefonso’ by the British warship ‘Defence’ during the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October, 1805. The ensign was displayed at Nelson’s funeral service in St. Paul’s Cathedral; it is currently housed at the National Maritime Museum.

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