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Fo'c'sle of a Berwick Smack

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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A portrait of two unknown sailors set among wooden beams in the fo'c'sle of a smack. Berwick smacks were sailing vessels that carried salmon and other cargo, together with passengers, to London before the coming of the railway. They were built for sailing fast and could also fight their way out of trouble. Two smacks set out for London every week and the passenger fare was one-and-a-half guineas.

National Maritime Museum

London


Date

1831

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 31.8 x W 42 cm

Accession number

BHC1221

Work type

Painting


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