New York Sun's Three Day Atlantic Crossing
About a story that ran in the New York Sun written by Edgar Allan Poe claiming that a balloon could cross the Atlantic in three days.
MEMORABLE NEWSPAPER STORIES THAT NEVER HAPPENED
2. ASTOUNDING NEWS! THE ATLANTIC CROSSED IN THREE DAYS! New York Sun, 1844
Edgar Allan Poe, who was morbidly fascinated by death on earth, was equally fascinated by life in the air--namely, ballooning. Moreover, he had a sharp scientific mind and an interest in exploration and discovery. The 1844 New York Sun story that told of an Atlantic crossing by balloon was his invention. In the story, which was accompanied by a woodcut showing the balloon, the fictional correspondent interviewed some of the eight people who purportedly took part in the 75-hour crossing from England to South Carolina. Included was a journal entry by one "Herman Ainsworth, British novelist": "God be praised! Who shall say that anything is impossible hereafter?"
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