Angus McBride (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
15" x 12" (385mm x 305mm)Date:
1970This is the original Gouache painting by Angus McBride.
The strange tragedy that befell the flagship of the British fleet in 1782. Royal George was being heeled over at an angle to allow for minor repairs to be made to the water intake for the deck wash pump which was three feet below water level, and the larboard guns had been run out and the starboard guns moved in to the centre of the deck to heel over the ship until her lowest gun ports were close to the surface of the water.
A supply vessel, the Lark approached the Royal George on her low side to transfer a cargo of rum and the additional weight together with that of the crewmen unloading the cargo caused the ship to heel to such a degree that the sea washed in at her gun ports and she soon began to ship water in her hold. A sudden breeze on the raised side of the ship forced her further over and the water rushed in. It is believed that during these operations the lower deck gun ports were not properly secured, causing an inrush of water.
The ship rolled on to her side and sank before any distress signal could be given, taking with her around 900 people, including up to 300 women and 60 children who were visiting the ship in harbour. This is the original artwork from Look and Learn no. 465.