Gravy sauce boat fragment

Production date
Pre 1790
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Gravy sauce boat fragment - creamware base and footring fragment.
Classification
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food & Drink Consumption Crockery sauce boat
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Measurements
L75mm X W50mm X H20mm
Media/Materials description
Ceramic
History and use
In 1790 HMS Pandora sailed from England in pursuit of the HMS Bounty and its mutineers. The Pandora was wrecked in 1791 on its return voyage while attempting to negotiate the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland. The wreck was discovered in 1977, and between 1983 and 1999 excavations conducted by Queensland Museum archaeologists and colleagues recovered many artefacts.

Royal pattern cream ware, such as this was, in common use in middle class dining rooms of 18th century Britain. This fragment of a gravy sauce boat was recovered from the wreck of HMS Pandora, and would probably have been used either in the or Captain’s Cabin or the wardroom – where the commissioned officers dined or relaxed.

It has been suggested that crockery for use aboard Royal Navy ships of the 18th century may have been jointly purchased by the ships officers. The discovery of a fragment of a sauce boat indicates sophisticated dining, more likely to be found at an officer's table than below decks with the general crew.
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MA8871

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