Essential information

Opening times: 
10.00–17.00
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
National Maritime Museum, First floor, The Atlantic gallery

How's this for a leaving present? This Silver tea kettle was presented by the Merchants of Kingston, Jamaica, to Vice-Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth (1748-1817).

It was a gift made at the end of Duckworth's term as Commander-in-Chief at Jamaica, the principal British West Indian naval station, in recognition of his contribution to the security of the island's trade.

Jamaica's wealth derived from the production of sugar, and its merchants relied heavily on the Navy’s protection from invasion threats, primarily from the French.

One side of the body of the kettle is engraved with Duckworth's coat of arms with Hercules and sailor supporters, crest and mottoes. Both the lid and the heater are engraved with a garter containing Duckworth's motto and encircling his sea lion and tower crest. The other side is inscribed:

'PRESENTED IN THE YEAR 1804 BY THE MERCHANTS OF KINGSTON JAMAICA, to Vice Admiral Sir John Thomas Duckworth K.B. as a Token of their high Respect and Regard for the eminent SERVICES rendered by him to the TRADE of the Island, during his Command on that Station.'