'Life-Boat and Manby Apparatus Going Off To A Stranded Vessel', oil painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner, about 1831. Museum no. FA.211. Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

'Life-Boat and Manby Apparatus Going Off To A Stranded Vessel', oil painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner, about 1831. Museum no. FA.211. Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

The Manby apparatus was a lifesaving device of a rope fired from a mortar. It was invented by Captain George Manby after a shipwreck in 1807 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in the year that this work was exhibited.