Lieutenant, Full Dress 1787-1812


Lieutenant, FULL DRESS (from Mather Brown’s painting “The Glorious First of June” at the Royal Maritime Museum, Greenwich)

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The lieutenants of a man-of-war, the number of whom varied with the size of the vessel, were responsible to the captain for the general running of the ship and oversaw the various watches. Apart from their routine duties, in time of war they were often sent off on ‘boat service’ against enemy shipping, or commanded landing parties provided by their ship. When prizes were taken a lieutenant was usually put in charge, and it was in this way that many of them obtained their first command. This image is partly based on a painting of an unknown lieutenant, in the National Maritime Museum.

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Dimensions 17.5 × 25.5 cm


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