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The launch of the Nelson at Woolwich, 14 July 1814, by Luke Clenell.

The launch of the Nelson at Woolwich, 14 July 1814, by Luke Clenell.
The launch of the Nelson at Woolwich.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PU6097
Description: The keel of the 'Nelson' was laid in 1805, but it was not until nine years later that she was launched at Woolwich. The launching was a gala affair with the Royal family in attendance, and over 20,000 spectators. The 'Nelson' was described as being 'superb and stupendous, of immense magnitude and exciting admiration, with a figurehead of our brave and ever lamented hero Nelson, supported by the flame and Britannia, with the motto England expects every man to do his duty’.
Creator: Luke Clennell (artist), George Cooke (engraver), William Bernard (engraver), J. Hogart (publisher)
Date: 1814
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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