Major John Money

Man over the ocean holding onto the strings of a hot air balloon.
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On the afternoon of July 22, 1785, Major John Money (1752-1817) took off from the Ranleigh Gardens, Norwich, to raise money for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. On the evening of the launch, he was seen crossing Lowestoft, unable to descend and heading out over the North Sea. The balloon descended as the air cooled, depositing Money in the water on the Long Shoals, a dangerous area for ships. He abandoned his basket and climbed onto the load ring of the balloon, keeping enough hydrogen in the envelope to keep him afloat. He was rescued by the lifesaving vessel Argus, out of Lowestoft, at midnight.


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