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At our General Meeting on Thursday January 16th.
The Loss of the Royal George in 1782 told through a series of poems by Denise Bennett
This is a creative response to the tragedy which occurred at Spithead, Portsmouth in 1782 with the loss of over 900 lives. HMS Royal George was being heeled for repairs when she sank. HMS Royal George was a 100-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, built at Woolwich Dockyard and launched on 18 February 1756. The largest warship in the world at the time of launching, she saw service during the Seven Year’s War including being Admiral Sir Edward Hawke’s flagship at the Battle of Quiberon Bay and later taking part in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
The story is told by Denise and Tom Bennett through a sequence of poems and images and was inspired by an exhibition at Portsmouth Museum of 60 ceramic doll-size heads representing the drowned children. Please do come along on Thursday 16th January, you will not be disappointed.