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The 'Kent', an Indiaman of 1350 tons, was one of three ships taking soldiers of the Queen's and 31st Regiments to India in early 1825 when she caught fire in the Bay of Biscay. There were 640 people on board: 145 crew and the rest officers and men of the 31st, with 47 wives and 73 children. By great luck the 200-ton Liverpool brig 'Cambria' saw the fire and her master, Captain Cook, showed brilliant seamanship in taking a dangerous station close by to try and assist.
early 19th C
oil on canvas
H 43 x W 53.5 cm