Large Dated Sailor's Woolwork of the Royal Navy Frigate H.M.S. Warrior with White Ensign, Old Label attached reading, Weather view of H.M.S. Warrior, Needlewor'd by N. Grainger 1881,
The large woolie depicts a starboard view of a three-masted Royal Navy Frigate under sail on a nicely depicted sea. The depiction is very painterly with clean, tight stitches. The moon shines brightly in the sky.
The ship had two funnels which could be laid flat on deck when not in use as seen in this woolie.
Dimensions: 28 inches x 41 inches wide
HMS Warrior was a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 185961. She was the name ship of the Warrior-class ironclads. Warrior and her sister ship HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships, and were built in response to France's launching in 1859 of the first ocean-going ironclad warship, the wooden-hulled Gloire. Warrior conducted a publicity tour of Great Britain in 1863 and spent her active career with the Channel Squadron. Obsolescent following the 1871 launching of the mastless and more capable HMS Devastation, she was placed in reserve in 1875, and was "paid off" that is, decommissioned in 1883.
She subsequently served as a storeship and depot ship, and in 1904 was assigned to the Royal Navy's torpedo training school. The ship was converted into an oil jetty in 1927 and remained in that role until 1979, at which point she was donated by the Navy to the Maritime Trust for restoration. The restoration process took eight years, during which many of her features and fittings were either restored or recreated. When this was finished she returned to Portsmouth as a museum ship. Listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, Warrior has been based in Portsmouth since 1987.
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