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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.|
|© 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|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|