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Dinner. Fetching Lee-way; or, One of the Comforts of a Channel Cruise in November

Date: 1810
Dimensions:
Overall: 360 x 486 mm, 20 g
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Art
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00036376
Place Manufactured:London

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    Description
    This coloured engraving shows men seated around a table in the wardroom of a small British warship in rough weather. The sarcastic title 'One of the Comforts of a Channel Cruise in November' refers to the insistant British Royal Navy having their warships on blockade stations and patrolling off the French coast at all times during the Napoleonic Wars.
    SignificanceThis engraving highlights the powerful British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, which saw a peak in its efficiency and effectiveness. During this period the Royal Navy also charted large tracts of unknown coastlines - including Australia's.
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