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Lost at Sea

Tools for Navigation: Ships and Captains

Maritime heroes and famous vessels were themselves orienting devices which helped make sense of the disorderly world of the sea.

William Sutherland. Britain’s glory. Part 1. London, 1717

This image of King George I surrounded by English ships represents the relationship between the crown and the Royal Navy. The author William Sutherland was a shipwright, and this book provides “a general director, for building and compleating the said machines,” so his personal interest in emphasizing the value of the navy seems clear. But by representing the king encircled and protected by ships, the image also crystallizes the relationship between national expansion and maritime force.


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Robert Boissard. Sir Humphrey Gilbert. Circa 1590-1603. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

John Smith. Line engraving after Simon De Passe, 18th century. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

David Lloyd. Legend of Captaine Jones. Parts 1 and 2. London, 1671

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