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Elborough_Robert-Londons_calamity_by_fire_bewailed-Wing-E320-1091_08-p1.pdf
London's Calamity by Fire Bewailed and Improved in a Sermon was preached in 1666 by the Reverend Robert Elborough, the pastor of St. Laurence Pountney, immediately after the Great Fire, which destroyed his church. The displaced minister described the…

Janeway Tken for Mariners.pdf
A Token for Marinerswas a popular anthology of shipwreck stories that went through six editions (under different titles) in London and Boston between 1674 and 1708. Its author was James Janeway, a nonconformist London clergyman. Janeway presented his…

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John Wilkinson, an English physician, obtained a patent for the first modern life jacket, made of cork, in 1765. He believed that the English, being such “a commercial and naval people,” should seek to prevent “those very frequent disasters” at sea…

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Personal floatation device invented by the seventeenth-century German polymath Johann Christoph Wagenseil. Equipped with hinges—so that the user could insert himself into the circle and then securely reclose it—Wagenseil’s invention was to be used…

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Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) was a merchant, a political activist, and a remarkably versatile writer, perhaps best known for his shipwreck novel Robinson Crusoe (1719). Three years later, in 1722, he published A Journal of the Plague Year, a…
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