The 'Charlotte' of Chittagong and other vessels at anchor in the river Hoogli
This shows two views of the snow 'Charlotte, Chittagong' at anchor in the Hoogli River off Calcutta. She is shown in stern view on the left, with the name visible on the transom and in port-broadside view in the centre, flying a jack, a commissioning pendant and plain red ensign at the stern. The date of the painting means that by this time Calcutta was the capital of British India and so yacht and dispatch vessels hitherto managed by the East India Company were now answerable to the Crown and would appear as naval ships. With their large passenger accommodation these ships were previously used by the East India Company as dispatch vessels and to carry Company servants around the coasts and up the great rivers of India.
Franz Balthazar Solvyns
- Image reference: BHC1100
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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