The golden age of Lancaster, when the fortunes of the town were rising is generally acknowledged to be the 18th Century. This period saw the development of overseas trade, which led to Lancaster being the fourth largest port in the UK.
Lancaster Castle often features in views across the river, where it dominates the skyline of the town. This small scene gives the Castle a greater sense of perspective. The Castle, as we see it today, dates from the middle part of the 12th Century.
Three smaller vessels are also depicted in the scene.