Her Majesty's Revenue Cutter "Vigilant", towing her Prize the Barge "Charlotte", captured on the 13th. Decr. 1849. Having on Board nearly 7 tons of Contraband Tobacco, concealed under Straw.This Lithograph is from a Painting by J.C. Schetky, Esq in the possession of Captain Gowlland.
A very scarce lithograph. 405 x 591mm. 16 x 23¼". Worm hole lower right, outside the image area, tear and crease right edge and in margin. Some surface abrasion top left-hand sidein the sky.
Revenue Cutters have patrolled our coastline for more than 300 years; from the early days of sail up to the modern high speed diesels. Revenue Cutter Vigilant, always referred to as a Cutter and never a Yacht, was the fastest sailing vessel on the Solent in 1826. A boat such as this would have speed and agility on their side enabling chases in open water and in remote ports. In a report in the Times, it was said that this was probably the largest seizure on the Thames of tobacco in thirty years. This view taken on the Thames with the Greenwich observatory up on the hill in the distance and the Greenwich Hospital in the foreground.
See NMM: PAH8220.
[Ref: 18133] £950.00