Sinking of the Royal George.
London, J & F. Harwood, 26, Fenchurch St.t Feb.y 2. 1842.
Etching. 120 x 184mm. 4¾ x 7¼". Laid on album scrap.
HMS Royal George was built at Woolwich Dockyard and was launched in 1756. She saw service during the Seven Years' War and as flagship to Admiral Sir Edward Hawke at the Battle of Quiberon Bay and later at the Battle of Cape St Vincent. On 29 August 1782, she was preparing to sail with Admiral Howe's fleet to relieve Gibraltar when she was keeled over to carry out some repair work. However the tilt was too far, passing her centre of gravity, and the counter-balance attempt by moving the guns back into position, but they were not properly secured, causing an inrush of water. She sank very quickly, taking with her 900 people, some of which were women and children who were visiting the ship in harbour. From "An Account of the Loss of the 'Royal George' at Spithead".
In the Royal Museums Greenwich, National Maritime Museum.
[Ref: 25160] £60.00