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The 'Duke of Devonshire'

Photo credit: The Dock Museum

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This painting of the 'Duke of Devonshire' represented the beginning of a long and successful shipbuilding industry in Barrow. William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire, wanted Barrow to develop into a major port. A Barrow-India service was planned with this vessel and five others. The plan failed but shipbuilding prospered. This was the first ship registered on the Barrow Shipbuilding Company’s books and was launched in Barrow on June 25th 1873.

The Dock Museum





oil on canvas


H 111 x W 175 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from BAE Systems, 2004

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