Shipping in the River Tawe, Swansea, including the General Sir William Nott (1845)

A waxed paper calotype negative. A view between the starboard quarter of an unidentified sailing ship and the bow of the Ellen Simson (1841) towards the stern of the Gen Sir Wm Nott (1845). The Gen Sir Wm Nott is moored outboard a smaller schooner-rigged ship alongside the quay in the River Tawe, Swansea. The tide is partially in/out.

In a letter dated 3 November 1846 to William Fox Talbot, Calvert Jones includes a list that mentions '136. Head and Bows, Ellen Simpson' [BL, LA46-123 ]. While this image is not that photograph, it is very similar and likely to be taken on the same day. Jones had arrived back in England from his European trip in early June 1846 to sort out the afffairs of his dead uncle.

Object Details

Type: Calotype negative
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Jones, Calvert Richard
Vessels: General Sir William Nott (1845); Ellen Simson (1841)
Date made: Circa July to pre November 1846; 1845-1849
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Fox Talbot Collection
Measurements: Overall: 164 mm x 208 mm

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