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Ernest Coates

Can you identify this ship ?
It was painted by a fellow officer of Ernest Coates and is thought to be either the "Alert" or "Centurion", although the closest match I have found is HMS Bacchante.

We do know that Ernest was on HMS Alert from 1879 to 1882, when it was engaged on a "scientific voyage of discovery" around the world.

Many photos of Queen Victoria's fleet have been compiled by Steve Johnson here

Ernest with crew of a ship commanded by Captain John Rushworth Jellicoe
who, later as Admiral Jellicoe, commanded the British fleet in the 1st World War.

Click picture to enlarge.

Ernest Coates Captain J.R. Jellicoe

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