Inflatable swimming suit demonstration

#Picture Number ST166

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a demonstration of a life-saving inflatable rubber swimming suit. A man floating in the water lets off a signal rocket, surrounded by watchers in boats. Provisions and equipment are towed in a watertight bag beside him. This demonstration was given at Cork harbour in 1874 by Captain Paul Boyton; the suit was invented by Mr Merriman (both men were Americans).