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English Sailor’s Woolwork featuring the HMS Rodney and the HMS Albion,
Inscribed HMS Rodney and Albion Beating out of the Tagus,  Circa 1860.


English Sailor’s Woolwork featuring the HMS Rodney and the HMS Albion,

Named HMS Rodney and Albion Beating out of the Tagus,  

Circa 1860.


Dimensions: 20 1/2 inches x 29 3/4 inches x 1 1/2 inches

The English Sailor’s Woolwork features multiple ships including the named ships-HMS Rodney and HMS Albion at sea, one French ship and two smaller boats in the distance.

The Rodney is shown portside and the Albion starboard side faced toward one another, and about to cross paths with one another upon a green striped sea.

A land mass with the city of Lisbon upon the shore, and buildings in the hills above, is seen on the horizon behind the ships the ornate sky picked out in shades of muted green gray and blue. Picture is titled “HMS Rodney and Albion Beating Out of the Tagus.” The Tagus is a river that runs between the borders of Spain and Portugal and is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula.

The HMS Albion was a 90-gun second rate ship of the line; she entered service in 1843. She was the last two-decked ship to complete service without a steam engine.

The HMS Rodney was also a two-deck 90 gun ship of the same kind; she was launched into service in 1833. She served the majority of her service in the Mediterranean Sea, and was converted to a steam and screw propelled vessel and re-commissioned to Asia in 1860.

Both ships in the woolwork are sail-powered, and given the timeline of service of the Rodney in the Mediterranean, this woolie depicts a scene prior to 1860. The woolie is also worked in a chain stitch, the chain stitch is known to have been used in earlier sailor’s woolies from the 1830s; the long stitch came into favor after 1840, as it saved wool.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Rodney_(1833)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Albion_(1842)

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/guides/Nelson_Class_Battleship_-_HMS_Rodney

http://www.answers.com/Q/What_capital_city_is_at_the_mouth_of_the_Tagus_River

http://maps.wallpapereu.us/map-of-the-tagus-river/








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