London. 1847. viii,,113,pp. plus 16 plates and folding map. Folding frontispiece. Original cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, expertly recased. Dampstain on frontispiece. Occasional fox mark. Very good. Lacks the 32pp. of advertisements. Item #WRCAM19534
A scarce account of a British ship's perilous adventure off the east coast of South America. The H.M.S. Gorgon arrived in the River Platte in June of 1843, and by May 1844 she was anchored off Monte Video where she parted her cables during a violent gale. Driven to sea far above the high-water mark, the unfortunate vessel was eventually left imbedded in sand to a depth of thirteen feet. Key was instrumental in getting the Gorgon back to sea and herein describes the solution in detail for the edification of other junior officers. Illustrated with detailed plates of the ingenious mechanisms Key utilized to save the Gorgon, including systems of ropes, pulleys, wheels, and large screws. The folding map depicts the bay of Monte Video. SABIN 37665. PALAU 127930.