Fishing lugger and Customs gig

Officers at work

painting of sailing ships at sea

This oil painting shows a customs gig (or rowing boat) approaching a fishing lugger which is under sail. The town in the background is on the south coast, probably Hastings.

This painting reflects the routine work carried out by Customs at most ports around the coast of the UK. They are meeting a returning vessel to clear the ship to land its cargo. At the stern of the gig the ensign (or official flag) can be seen flying.

It was painted by Charles Martin Powell in 1823. He was a well known maritime artist with an eye for clear details. This is probably one of his final works, as he died the following year.

This painting is not currently on display.

Accession number CENM1996.24