A digital painting, using Bob Ross in DAP of Greenwich Hospital in London. Original black and white, out of copyright, image supplied by oldbookillustrations.com
The Royal Charter of William and Mary dated 25 October 1694 established the Royal Hospital for Seamen:
`The reliefe and support of seamen serving on board the shipps or vessells belonging to the Navy Royall who by reason of Age, Wounds or other disabilities shall be uncapable of further service at sea and being unable to maintain themselves.
And for the Sustentation of the Widows and the Maintenance and Education of the Children of seamen happening to be slain or disabled. Also for the further reliefe and Encouragement of seamen and Improvement of Navigation.’