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The Royal Dockyard at Plymouth ...at the time of his Majesty's Excursion to the Port

The Royal Dockyard at Plymouth ...at the time of his Majesty's Excursion to the Port

Artist and engraver: Dodd, R.

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 11

Item number: 90c

Length: 36.8

Width: 63.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the Royal Dockyard at Plymouth during a visit by George III in 1789. The Dockyard here was founded by William III in the late 17th century. This was equipped with a dry dock, wet dock, officer's terrace, ropery and storehouses. It was located on the Hamoaze, which was a sheltered estuary of the River Tamar. By the late 18th century more space was needed and between 1763-72 the Dockyard was greatly enlarged. This picture shows a barge with the Royal flag, rowing the King. Meanwhile several of the sailing ships are firing a salute while crowds gather to watch the Royal visit.

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