Portrait of the ‘George’? Fireship. Bought 1672. 6-guns. Sunk for foundation 1674

Portrait of the ‘George’ from slightly abaft the port beam, under topsails, before the wind, with two other ships in the background. There are two broadside gun ports each on the forecastle and quarterdeck, and an escape port from the orlop aft. The figurehead is a lion and on the tafferel there appears to be a man on a rearing horse attacking a dragon with a lance (i.e. St George), which suggests the vessel’s likely identity.

The ‘George’ was bought in 1672 and sunk as a foundation in 1674.

Object Details

ID: PAH5020
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Velde, Willem van de, the Elder
Vessels: George 1672 [British navy]
Date made: 1673?
People: Velde, Willem van de, the Elder
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Sheet: 475 x 503 mm; Mount: 642 mm x 771 mm

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