This colourful Victorian chromlithographic print pasted onto decorative lace-paper depicts a wonderfully grand celebration.
Musicians in the gallery entertain sailors sat around the banquet table who are paying tribute to a large naval gun, by raising a toast, to the centrepiece of this event.
Q Does anyone know the story behind this illustration? Is it based on fact, was there a naval tradition of celebrating the completion of the construction of a new gun?
A This looks to me like the Armstrong Naval Chaser Gun mounted on the deck of HMS Warrior (1860), now to be seen at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. As a swivel gun it dispensed with the need for broadside engagements.