The East Indiaman 'Roxburgh Castle' with the ship 'Sir Edward Paget' off Dover

Ship portrait. The 'Sir Edward Paget', seen in stern view on the right beyond a pilot cutter, flies her distinguishing number: the 'Roxburgh Castle's' name is on the red pennant at her main. Dover Castle and the town below can be seen between the ships, with the South Foreland on the right.

The 600-ton ' Roxburgh Castle' was built on the Thames in 1825 - presumably by Green - for the Wigrams, and was registered for voyages to India. One of the Green's best-known captains, Edward Hight, who later commanded the second 'Roxburgh Castle' (see BHC3594) served as a midshipman in her. The 'Sir Edward Paget' was also built on the Thames in 1822 for Meaburn's who appear to have sold her to George Green in 1824 (though Lloyd's says 1826) when she became the first vessel he actually owned and ran rather than just having a share in. She too ran to India. The indistinct date on this picture has hitherto been read as 'possibly 1820' but (if the '0' is correct) must be at least ten years later. The artist, Huggins, was a well known London marine painter.

Object Details

ID: BHC3595
Collection: Fine art; Special collections
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Huggins, William John
Vessels: Sir Edward Paget 1822; Roxburgh Castle 1825
Date made: Possibly 1830
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Green Blackwall Collection
Measurements: Frame: 995 mm x 1450 mm x 110 mm;Painting: 840 mm x 1270 mm

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