There may be tentative indications of a shoreline in the distance. The scene is probably the Hamoaze (the Tamar Estuary) west of Plymouth. The two hulks to the left appear to have retained their mainmasts, and a ship in full sail is cursorily indicated to the right. Finberg relates this sketch and that on folio 7 recto (D08871; CXXV 6)1 to the oil painting Hulks on the Tamar, possibly exhibited at Turner’s gallery in 1812 (Tate T03881; displayed at Petworth House, West Sussex).2 However, as Butlin and Joll observe, ‘the connection ... seems most doubtful.’3
Blank, save for some offsetting from the drawing opposite (D08873; CXXV 8).