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Chatham was the most important Royal Naval dockyard during the seventeenth-century Dutch wars, but from the mid-eighteenth century it was only important as a building and repair yard rather than a naval base. Dockyards contained symbolic as well as practical importance as the origin of Britain's navy and in the late eighteenth century they grew both in size and significance as Britain once again prepared for war with France.
oil on canvas
137.16 x 279.5 cm
National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)