'Le Tricolore' balloon rescue, 1874

'Le Tricolore' balloon rescue, 1874

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Caption: 'Le Tricolore' balloon rescue. 19th-century illustration of English fishermen rescuing the French balloonist Jules Durouf (1841-1898) and his wife Caroline Durouf (1845-1933) from their balloon 'Le Tricolore', after it ditched in the North Sea off the coast of England on 1 September 1874. After the rescue, the balloon was carried away by winds and was eventually recovered in the Skagerrak strait between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Artwork from 'Aerostation - Aviation' (1911) by French civil engineer Max de Nansouty (1854-1913), part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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