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Wrecks of the Britannia and Admiral Gardner on the Goodwin Sands, 24 January 1809.
|Wrecks of the Britannia and Admiral Gardner on the Goodwin Sands, 24 January 1809.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: PU6386|
|Description: The 813-ton East Indiaman 'Admiral Gardner' was built in 1796 at Blackwall. She was named after Alan Gardner, the first Baron Gardner (1742–1809), who had a distinguished naval career until he became a Member of Parliament in 1796. Commanded by William Eastfield, she was wrecked off South Foreland on the Goodwin Sands, a notorious stretch of the Thames Estuary, on 25 January 1809. Her loss was a serious blow to the East India Company as she was carrying 54 tons of specially-minted copper coinage, destined for the Company's Mint at Madras.|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|