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English Warships at Anchor in a Calm, Drying Sails

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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Hitherto (to July 2014) entitled 'An English Ship Becalmed', attributed to Peter Monamy, but which is more accurately described as showing them at anchor in a calm drying sails. The three-decker flagship on the right flies the Union at the main, indicating the presence of the Commander-in-Chief (i.e. the Royal Navy's senior serving admiral). The other vessels are ‘private’ naval ships (under captains in terms of rank) except for what may be a large armed merchantman, possibly an Indiaman, in broadside view back left, flying a Union as an ensign, another smaller merchant ship to its left in starboard-bow view, and a small Dutch trading vessel (possibly a dogger) left centre.

National Maritime Museum


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    75 x 104 cm

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