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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.
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.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1809
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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