A crowded maritime scene with sailing ships in the background and foreground. To the left, on the banks of the river are several buildings and a church. One of the ships in the foreground is on fire, issuing flames and huge clouds of smoke. There are small rowing boats attempting to reach the burning ship. In the centre are three men, pulling a rope, trying to upright a small vessel and salvage the cargo. To the right is a large sailing ship displaying a full set of sails.