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Source: Bell's Weekly Messenger, No.1853, Sunday, October 9, 1831

[Royal Sailing Society]

A meeting of the Royal Sailing Society was held on Thursday, at Oliver's Coffee house, Bridge street, at which a communication was received from Lord Melbourne, announcing the patronage of the King to the society. Mr. Alfred Canning, and Col. Leslie Walker, attended, and exhibited to the meeting their apparatus for saving human life, and escape from shipwreck. The former fully exemplified their practical utility by models, and stated that he had been several miles to sea in a violent storm in his apparatus, and returned safe to shore. The Hanoverian and Saxon Ministers were present, and were admitted members.