Mr. Green, of Nassau-balloon Notoriety

The Royal Nassau Balloon. As it appeared when Ascending from The Royal Vauxhall Gardens. With the Parachute attached in which Mr. Cocking made his Fatal Descent, July 24th 1837. Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

“Parachutes and man-traps” don’t always work. Mr. Cocking’s descent was sure to be fatal with his “ludicrous machine.”

Portrait of Charles Green in old age, from the Illustrated London News, 16 April 1870, engraved from a photograph by Mayall. Accessed 20 October, 2021.