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The beach full of looting wreckers, cannon firing on the cliff top at privateers sailing in the bay, one of whom is returning fire, customs men in the foreground are trying to regulate the ‘prize’
Signed G.Gregory, one brandy barrel initialled W.E. in an antique maple wood frame
Late 18th Century
Size: 26cm high, 48cm wide – 10¼ ins high, 18¾ ins wide
In Britain all ‘prize’ captured at sea is now forfeit to the crown and that taken by shipwreck or from ships driven ashore pertains to the Lord High Admiral. However, it is well known that during the 18th century over two hundred vessels foundered along the South Coast. These ships were not just victims of bad weather, but were often lured onto the rocks on stormy gale lashed nights by wreckers with false lantern lights who would then harvest the washed up cargo.