Look up to the ship
This ship is one of two which once stood on the roof of Trinity House almshouses on Mile End Road. These marble models are very important, as they show the design of late 17th-century English warships. The ship is a 4th Rate with 42 guns. Navy ships were rated according to how many guns they carried. 4th Rate ships were quite small and had crews of 350 men (1st Rate ships had up to 120 guns and 850 men).
The almshouses were built by Trinity House in 1695. '28 decayed Masters and Commanders of Ships, or the widows of such' lived there. The almshouses how have replicas of the ship models on the south side where the originals once stood.
In the 17th century, Trinity House was a public authority. It licensed pilots and watermen, and kept the Thames clear for ships. It examined sailing masters for the Navy Board, recruited seamen and hired merchant ships, which were often used in war.
More information on Trinity House from the Port Cities website
Museum number 97.94/1