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Bruslot a la sonde

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Randon; Sbonski de Passebon, Henri
Place made: France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseilles
Date made: 1720
Materials: ink; laid paper; cloth
Measurements: 17 in x 22 in
Nomenclature: bruslot; depth soundings; lead lines
Classification: vessel depictions

A copperplate engraving from the book titled, 'Plan de plusieurs bâtimens de mer avec leurs proportions dedié à Son Altesse Serenissime Monseigneur Louis Auguste de Bourbon' (Marseille: c. 1720) by the French Captain Henri Sbonski de Passebon. The book was a collection of naval architecture prints. This print is a port side view portrait of a bruslot ship taking a depth or sound reading. A bruslot was a type of naval ship designed to combust and set fire to nearby vessels. The print is often incorrectly listed as 'Bruslot a la fonde,' which would translate to a very different meaning: "Bruslot to the bottom." Sailors in the small rowboat chained to the bruslot are presumably conducting the depth sounding, or the act of measuring depth, using a lead line. There is a watermark of a sun with a face, visible on the verso of the center left side of the print.


CC-R-0029

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