The painting portrays a man-of-war with sailing boats and figures at the mouth of a river. In the right foreground a rowing boat, heavily laden, conveys dignitaries and other passengers to the ships at anchor. The river is crowded with shipping to the right of the picture. The man-o-war has an ornately carved coat of arms on the stern. To the left, a barge moves across the river, loaded down with cannon.
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