HMS 'Enterprise', 1775.
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Perspective painting of a whole hull model by Joseph Marshall, commisioned by King George III. In 1773, George III directed that plans for one of each clas of His Majesty's ships should be prepared for him. A series of perpective paintings of unrigged hull models was produced by Marshall between 1773 and 1775. The 'Enterprize' was a Sixth Rate frigate with 28 guns built to the design of Sir John Williams, surveyor of the Navy, at Deptford, London, and launched in 1774. The name ship of a clas of 27 frigates, the Enterprise served throughout the American War of Independence and was decommissioned in 1784.