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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)|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London|