A midshipman on board the 'Pallas' at sea
This probably shows a midshipman, apparently dozing in a slightly precarious position on the ship's taffrail. Her stern lantern and red ensign are seen behind (the latter, then senior naval ensign and the general British merchant flag, being the one flown by warships on independent commission). The man shown is not wearing a greatcoat which, given the winter date, suggests the drawing was done in a fairly southern latitude on the 'Pallas's' 1774-75 voyage to Africa.
Gabriel Bray (1750-1823)
Original size: 230 mm x 130 mm
- Image reference: PT2004
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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