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Storm and Sunshine: A Battle with the Elements

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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A painting showing the hulk of the wooden frigate 'Leonidas' anchored near Upnor on the Medway in Kent. The 'Leonidas' was launched in 1807 and by 1872 had ceased active service to become a powder hulk storing gun cotton. By the 1880s, with the coming of steel and steam power, many of the old 'wooden walls' were being used in naval anchorages for such purposes. The hulk of the ship looms up with the crowned, head-and-shoulders figurehead of Leonidas on the bow, and the carved head of a lion on the ship also denotes Leonidas.

National Maritime Museum





oil on canvas


H 104.5 x W 164 cm

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