H.M.S. Victoria amongst native craft off Fort St. Elmo, Valletta, Malta signed 'G. Gianni' and dated '186?' (lower right) oil on board 30.5 x 49.5cm (12 x 19 1/2in).
The screw-powered 121-gun First Rate H.M.S. Victoria was built at Portsmouth and launched in November 1859. Costing just over £150,000, she was measured at 4,116 tons and had a maximum speed under engine of about 11½ knots. Based at Portsmouth until 1864 when she went out to the Mediterranean to become flagship there, she was paid off in 1867 and thereafter served as a hulk in Portsmouth harbour until sold for scrapping in 1893. Victoria was the only steam-powered three-decker of the transitional type to boast two funnels, one either side of the mainmast, due to her engines being fired from eight boilers instead of the more usual four.