A maritime scene with a large ship in the centre; on the left hand side are the masts of ships and buildings of the town or harbour. Three other ships can be seen sailing out of the harbour right of the central ship, towards a gap between white cliffs to the open sea. A rocky outcrop hangs above the cliffs on the right hand side. In the lower right hand foreground is a sailing boat with two ochre sails moored at a wooden jetty. At a rocky landing right of centre foreground is a small fishing boat with one figure in it and another figure leaning against the bows. He holds a fish in his right hand. In front of the fishing boat lies a large fish or small shark. The sea is choppy and grey-green and the sky is overcast with dark clouds which dominate the right and centre.