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Offline Bilgerat

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Re: 1700's Picture
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2011, 19:43:04 »
The ship in the foreground appears to have 2 gundecks, making it probably either a 3rd rate (more than 70 guns) or a 4th rate (up to 70 guns) ship-of-the-line. The fact that the ship has a lateen sail on the mizzen mast rather than a spanker means that this picture probably dates from the mid to late 18th century. Up to the mid-18th century, ships-of-the-line carried a small mast at the end of the bowsprit carrying a sprit-topsail. The 'spanker' had replaced the lateen sail on mizzen masts by the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). The ship herself is carrying a blue pennant on the main mast and a blue ensign. This means the ship is part of the 'blue' squadron. The ship is a private ship (meaning she's not carrying a flag-officer or acting as a flag-ship).

As Kyn hints, the clock tower building is visible in the background to the left. Assuming the perspectives are correct, the ships in the dry-docks would be in Nos 1 and 2 docks. For those who don't know, No2 dock currently contains HMS Cavalier and No1 dock no longer exists, although it's mouth
is still visible from the river.

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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2010, 18:51:43 »
I like that you can recognise the buildings  :)

 

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