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Descriptions of battles by sea and land.

Descriptions of battles by sea and land.
Descriptions of battles by sea and land.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PY3336
Description: A Greenwich and Chelsea Pensioner swap yarns. They are smoking and drinking while discussing past glories. From 1705 Greenwich Hospital provided residential accommodation for maimed and destitute naval seamen - the Greenwich Pensioners - of whom it housed 2710 at its largest extent in 1814, with many more 'out-pensioners' dependent on it. The Royal Hospital in Chelsea is home to the world famous, red-coated Chelsea pensioners, all army veterans. Chelsea Hospital founded in the 1660s was a model for Greenwich Hospital, and survived it since casualties from land campaigns continued in large numbers.
Creator: Dennis Dighton
Date: March 1801
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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