'Dartmouth, H.M Training Ships and Old Mill Creek', c 1865.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photographic view of training ships of the Royal Navy Cadet School, based in Dartmouth on the River Dart, published by Francis Bedford & Co. The 'Britannia', the three-deck ship on the left, had been the cadet training ship at Dartmouth from 1864-1869. Around 1865, the number of cadets was too large for just one ship so the 'Hindustan', the two-deck ship on the right, arrived and was connected to 'Britannia' by a covered walkway. Bedford (1816-1894) was a prolific and well-respected photographer, best known for his numerous topographic and architectural views of Britain. During the 1860s and 1870s Bedford travelled extensively throughout Britain, taking hundreds of views of British scenery. He was assisted by his son, William (1846-1893) whose work is almost indistinguishable from that of his father.