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The East Indiaman 'Saint Vincent' Saving the Crew of the East Indiaman 'Ganges', 29 May 1807

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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The painting depicts the rescue of the crew of the 'Ganges' as it sank off the Cape on the 29th May 1807. The 1,200 ton 'Ganges', built at Well's Yard, first entered service with the East India Company in 1796. The vessel undertook four voyages before its loss while returning from China under the command of Captain T. Talbot Harrington. The vessel took a prominent part in Commodore Dance's action against Admiral Linois' squadron in 1804, an event which took place during its third voyage for the Company. The 818 ton 'Earl Saint Vincent', under the command of Captain Charles Jones, was also on its fourth voyage for the Company at the time of the sinking, returning to English waters on 10 September 1807, after visiting Bombay.

National Maritime Museum



after 1807


oil on canvas


H 50.8 x W 60.9 cm

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