I see the logic, but this slide appears part of the same collection as the others. The ones I recognise are Plymouth area, but some things I don't recognise - a cobbled jetty with a small lighthouse, a war memorial with (I think) Britannia on the top and a couple of mortars at the base etc. The other ships include 4 submarines (numbers 5, 7, 9 & 10) alongside another vessel, and various 2, 3 and 4 funnelled warships. I just assumed they must all be the same general area.
My take on this image is quite simple. Having lived in the immediate area for some 33 Years I think this is Devonport. The Sailing Vessel could be full of Copper ore coming down the river from Morwellham or one of the smaller jetties up river.......pete
I take both your points gentlemen, I've had another close look at the picture and must admit I could be corrected on a point or two. Since what I took for a second spritsail barge in the distance is in fact the mizzen on the barge. Like you Pete, I myself am very conversant with the area and for me there is not enough high ground - unless - the two steamers laying in midstream are somewhere abreast of where the Thanckes Park oil storage tanks stand today. And the buildings visible on the far right of the picture is the edge of Saltash. While as regards the sprittie, many dozens of these vessels traded "down Channel" and wouldn't have been such an unusual sight around the time this picture would have been taken..... any advance
I'm for the Thames ..its too flat for around Plymouth/Devonport spent years sailing up and down there. Thats a coaling hulk that the ship is alongside, it has a very fancy stern gallery as if an old Wooden wall so that might change things a bit ... how about Portsmouth?