East India Company's Packet 'Swallow', 1788.
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This shipbuilder's painting was made by T Luny in 1788 representing the 'Swallow', a packet of 18 guns and 345 tons burden. The Swallow was a good deal larger than most of the Company's packets of that period, but very much smaller than the ships ordinarily chartered by the company for use as East Indiamen, which then averaged about 800 tons. The ship made her first voyage in 1782, sailing from Limerick in Ireland to India. She is shown in three different positions (left to right): bow view ('hove to' for picking up a pilot); broadside view under plain sail; stern view before the wind under all posible sail.