Titled “La Minerve” Vaisseau Aerien destinemaux Decouvertes, 1803.
The early success with balloon flight inspired designers to push the limits. One of the largest was proposed by a physicist named Robertson in 1804 and called The Minerva, “an aerial vessel destined for discoveries.” Robertson’s great ship was supported by a 150-foot diameter silk balloon . For its maiden voyage, Robertson planned for the Minerva to carry 60 people, halfway around the world for a period of up to six months. It included a large barrel for storing water and wine, a gym, an observatory, a kitchen (“the only place where a fire shall be permitted”), a theatre, and a boat !
- Artist / Collection: Balloon Artists
- Stock Number: fva16829