Punch,  61 (1871), 220.

A Dive of Discovery





Steamships, Accidents, Heroism, Engineering, Government, Politics

    Describes how the 'gallant' Capt. Thrupp, commander of the recently wrecked ironclad, HMS Magaera, sent a diver overboard to examine the ship's hull. Notes that the hull was so weak that the diver could thrust his knife through its plates. Describes how Thrupp steered the vessel ashore but was later imprisoned and court-martialled for 'saving his crew'. Points out that 'all England' was a witness to his bravery and suggests that Whitehall has some leaks in its 'bottom'. Concludes by suggesting that divers be sent to examine the hulls of ironclads before they are launched.

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