Design for a diving bell by Granville Sharp

Design for a diving bell

Granville Sharp

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Design for a diving bell

Granville Sharp

Unpublished plate from a paper on the art of diving by Anthony Fothergill FRS (1737-1813) and Granville Sharp. Submitted to Dr William Watson for publication in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, but not printed. The scheme shows an upturned boat with a single passenger. The boat is held in a wooden frame and a weighted rope is passed through its keel. By operating a pulley system, the diver supposedly can raise and lower the improvised diving bell. Inscribed: "A Machine for Diving proposed to be constructed on principles entirely new, whereby the Divers may be enabled to ascend or descend at their pleasure...designed in the year 1775 by Granvill Sharp..." An endorsement verso states that this is a "Copy of an original Sketch (designed in 1775..)."

Original: ink on paper. 1784

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