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Sailor-Made Woolwork Picture of H.M.S. Nile

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A Victorian sailor-made woolwork picture of H.M.S. Nile, in good condition save for the hat ribbon, which being silk and original is now in a parlous state. This has been conserved by the application of a fine gauze. Within the original bird’s eye maple frame.

English circa 1860.

24.25 in x 20.75 in

H.M.S. Nile was named to commemorate the Battle of that name of 1798. She was a two-deck 90-gun second-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched at Plymouth Dockyard, June 1839. After service in the Baltic Sea during the Crimean War, she was commissioned under the command of Capt. Henry Ducie Chads and by April 1859 was stationed at the Royal Naval Dockyard Bermuda. Nile operated from Bermuda and Halifax during the tense period following the Trent Affair, when the United Kingdom's entry into the American Civil War seemed possible, eventually cementing cordial relations with the Union by means of a visit to New York City in September 1863. The following year Nile returns to England and is loaned to the Mercantile Marine Service Association as a training ship at Liverpool and is renamed H.M.S. Conway. She was sent to Birkenhead for a refit in 1953 but was wrecked when driven ashore by strong tides. In 1956 Nile was destroyed by fire with only her two Admiralty pattern anchors surviving; one at Merseyside Maritime Museum and the other on Caernarfon marine promenade. 



Item Code: 4732

£ 2150

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