A Painting of Historic Value
This is a photograph of an oil painting that hung in the dining room of the Officers’ Mess in the Royal Marines Barracks in Deal for many years. It was painted by Dennis Ramsey, an Internationally known artist, who lived locally on the Clifftop at Kingsdown.
picture depicts the Royal Marines’ historic links with Deal
since they were formed in 1664 by King Charles 2nd as ‘The Duke
of York & Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot’. One
of their first duties was to garrison North Deal’s Sandown Castle
whilst providing military support along the coast. This was at a time
when Deal had dockyard facilities adjacent to the Time Ball Tower
(still in situ) and the fleet sheltered from inclement weather in
the downs between the Goodwin Sands and the beach.