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'Britannia' wine set
This set was presented to Captain Hewitt on 29 January 1842 in the Tremont Theatre, Boston. The gift marked the successful completion of a rough transatlantic crossing, which was described in detail by Charles Dickens, one of the passengers on board the 'Britannia', in the second chapter of his 'American Notes' (1842).
With the silver is a broadsheet reporting the speech made by Charles Dickens on that occasion including the words: 'In presenting Captain Hewitt with these slight and frail memorials, we are not following out a hollow custom, but are imperfectly expressing the warmest and most earnest feelings, being well assured that, with God's blessing, we owe our safety and preservation, under circumstances of unusual peril, to his ability, courage, and skill. You will please to understand that these tokens on the table are an acknowledgment, not in themselves, but in the feelings which dictates their presentation, of many long and weary nights of watching and fatigue; of great exertion of body and much anxiety of mind; and of prompt and efficient discharge of arduous duties, such as do not often present themselves.'
Lows, Ball & Co, Boston, USA
- Image reference: D4608-8
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London