Many 19th-century artists passed through the busy passenger port of Deal, including the marine specialist Henry Moses.

The local beach-boats, luggers, galleypunts,and galleys, now known only from a few models and pictorial records, are drawn with an expert's understanding. Of particular interest is the drawing entitled The Iron Caisson. It shows the building of this large sheet-iron construction alongside the wooden pier for William Bush's controversial (and sadly unsuccessful) project to place a lighthouse-beacon and refuge on the Goodwin Sands for the benefit of seafarers, especially those shipwrecked. This group of drawings - made just before the advent of photography- constitutes a satisfyingly complete and convincing record of the port of Deal at an interesting point in its history.


Deal Maritime and Local History Museum

22 St George's Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BA
01304 372098
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Opening times

Apr – May, Sep – Oct
Tue – Fri, 2 – 4.30pm Sat, 11am – 4.30pm Sun, 12noon – 4pm

Jun – Aug
Tue – Sat, 11am – 4.30pm Sun, 12noon – 4pm

Closed Mon and Nov – Mar

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