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Nicholas Blake

The Ranville ship is, if accurate, built in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, or possibly a little earlier, similar to the ship with the white bottom attached (a model of the Duke, launched in 1777). The other image is the Howe, launched 1815; she has a flatter sheer, which provides a reasonable end date. The indicators are the masts, sheer, and closed stern, though the graffito has far too few ports for a real ship of that size presumably because they would be too small to carve out. Although both photos are of British ships, the differences between them and French ship are too small to matter for a graffito. It’s to stylised to provide clues to a real ship.

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