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The Indiaman 'Royal George' in Three Positions in the Downs, 1779

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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Three views of the Indiaman 'Royal George' in the Downs, off the east coast of Kent. The ship is depicted at anchor on the right in starboard-bow view, being approached by a Deal lugger under sail which may be carrying a pilot. In the centre she is shown getting under way in port-broadside view, with the anchor being fished, men depicted in the rigging and a good view of her elaborate figurehead. A four-oared boat is approaching from the left, the bow oarsman having left his oar to cheer the ship's departure, waving his hat.

National Maritime Museum





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H 63.5 x W 137.2 cm

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