Note: The Parliamentary Award of 1772 to Dr Charles Irving for Salt Water Distillation at Sea

By Ann Savours, published November 1990


In 1762 Samuel Wallis succesfully used water distillation to provide fresh water at sea, a system used by Bougainville for his later circumnavigation. Demonstrated by Lind in 1762, the junior surgeon Dr Charles Irving gained the credit and the financial reward for the process.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea | Indian Ocean | Pacific | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration

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