Manby, George William
Wichita State University Libraries
Department of Special Collections
Wichita, KS 67260-0068
0.25 linear feet
As Secretary of State for the Home Department and Ordnance Department in England, Manby devoted much time and effort to developing a system of saving persons who were involved in shipwrecks. The three books of letters and memoranda in this collection involve this major project and describe many of the procedures used. He invented improvements for lifeboats, fire extinguishing, catching persons jumping from burning buildings, and saving from drowning those who had broken through ice. The books in this collection date from 1800 to 1806, and they include Manby's sketches and some of his correspondence.