Grant, James. THE NARRATIVE OF A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY, performed in His Majesty's Vessel the Lady Nelson, of Sixty Tons Burthen, with Sliding Keels, in the Years 1800, 1801, and 1802, to New South Wales. [Etc.] To which is prefixed an Account of the Origin of Sliding Keels, and the Advantages resulting from their Use. 4to, Facsimile Edition; pp. [viii], xxvi, [2](blank), [2](list of encouragers), 200(last 5 blank); large folding plan of the sliding keels, folding chart, 1 coloured & 5 b/w. plates, appendix; original cloth; (endpapers slightly marked); a nice copy in slightly faded dustwrapper. (Melbourne; Heritage Publications); N.D. [c. 1970].
***The "Lady Nelson" was originally sent out to survey the unknown coasts of New Holland and was later chosen to accompany Matthew Flinders' on his circumnavigation of Australia. She accompanied him when he set off, but her slow sailing meant she was unable to keep up and was forced to turn back when she ran aground off the Queensland coast. The voyage included the first navigation of Bass Strait from West to East. The "Lady Nelson" was an experimental vessel, and her performance was of considerable interest to nautical science. Grant was given command rather than the designer Captain Schanck, as it was thought that the experiment would be given a fairer trial. The sliding keels did not, however, make the impact expected in spite of the advantage they presented for surveying in shallow waters. #22372

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