#OTD in 1817 – William Sadler makes the first balloon crossing of the Irish Sea, from Dublin to Anglesey.

The race to be the first to cross the Irish Sea by hot air balloon would turn out to be a family affair. After James Sadler’s high-profile attempt failed in October 1812, the baton was taken up by his 20-year-old aeronaut son, Windham Sadler, in 1817. Like his father, Sadler published an account of his […]

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