HMS 'Royal Oak', 1773-1775.
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Perspective painting by Joseph Marshall of a whole hull model, 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 perspective paintings of unrigged hull models was produced by Marshall between 1773 and 1775. 'Royal Oak' was a Third Rate 74-gun ship designed by Sir John Williams, surveyor of the Navy, and built at Plymouth Dockyard in Devon. Launched in 1769, she became a prison ship in 1796, was renamed 'Asistance' in 1805 and was broken up in 1815.