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Seppings began his career as a naval architect at Plymouth where he was apprenticed as a working shipwright in 1782. By the end of the century he had become the Master Shipwright assistant there, and in 1800 came to the Admiralty’s notice by inventing a new lifting device for ships in drydock. This, with the encouragement given to him by John Henslow, the Surveyor, resulted in him becoming Master Shipwright at Chatham in 1804.
oil on canvas
H 119.9 x W 93 cm