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The Royal George at Deptford showing the launch of the Cambridge.

The Royal George at Deptford showing the launch of the Cambridge.
The Royal George at Deptford showing the launch of the Cambridge.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: BHC3602
Description: This is a composite of two events, the launch of the 'Cambridge' on 21 October 1755, and a view of the 'Royal George', which was actually launched the following year. On the far left is the Master Shipwright's house, built in 1710. 'Cambridge' was an 80-gun triple decker and is shown being floated out of dry dock where she was built. The 100-gun 'Royal George' launched at Woolwich in 1756, lies at anchor to the right. Beyond her stern, two 74-gun double deckers are shown under construction. The painting shows considerable shipping detail and activities on the quayside with a variety of small open craft. To the left is a trading vessel. A ceremonial barge moves in front of the 'Royal George' and a Thames barge, laden with kegs, can be seen to the right.
Creator: John Cleveley the Elder
Date: 1755
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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