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A Bermudian Schooner Yacht Offshore

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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A scene off Port Royal at the entrance to Kingston Harbour, Jamaica. The schooner yacht has been depicted broadside, in full sail. The fact that it flies the white ensign, a St George's cross burgee and a three-flag signal from the foretop suggests it may be a vessel of the Royal Yacht Squadron. There are seven people on board. In the foreground two islanders are depicted holding paddles in a small canoe-type boat, emerging from rocks close to shore. They have caught a turtle that lies on its back between the two men. In the distance, the Blue Mountain range is visible, tinged with purple, and in front of the mountains, on the coast, lies Port Royal. The wall of the harbour, palm trees and the port have been included, together with a sand bar out from the shore, with palm trees on the far right.

National Maritime Museum





oil on canvas


H 30.2 x W 45.5 cm

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