To R.B.Dean, Esq.re & The Hon.ble Commissioners of Her Majesty's Customs. This print of H.M.Revenue Cutter 'Vigilant' towing the Barge 'Alfred' of London, a valuable Prize, captured 17th Decr. 1828 having on board 1010 half-Ankers of Contraband Spirits cocaptured 17th Decr. 1828 having on board 1010 half-Ankers of Contraband Spirits concealed under a Coasting Cargo, is respectfully dedicated by their by their very obedient humble servant, Richard Gowlland, Commander. August 1845.
W.Foster, Marine Printseller & Publisher, 114 Fenchurch, St London.
Very scarce and fine lithograph. 393 x 546mm. 15½ x 21½". Hole to right-hand side, outside the image.
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 the foreground of this lithograph is a buoy imprinted with 'Margate'.
[Ref: 18135] £1,250.00