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J.M.W. Turner
“The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838”
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery London, England

HMS Temeraire was one of the last second-rate (18th century ships mounted with 90 to 98 guns on three gun decks) ships of the line (type of naval warship constructed from the 17th through to the mid-19th century) to have played a distinguished role in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The painting depicts the 98-gun ship HMS Temeraire, being towed by a paddle-wheel steam tug towards its final berth in Rotherhithe in south-east London in 1838 to be broken up for scrap.

In 2005 it was voted the nation’s favourite painting in a poll organised by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.


12 October 2015.  Sunset, Hastings Pier.  Same spot as the previous painting, but now I arrived at the correct time.  The tide was going out and the wet sand beautifully reflected the sunset - it was perfect!!  There were a few other people on the beach watching the sunset at the same time - and it seemed so tranquil and romantic.   The beauty was beyond any words!!  It’s amazing that things like this are free.