The gelatin silver print is behind a circular mat (visible image size approximately 135 mm in diameter), behind slightly convex glass. The wooden frame is fashioned from timber with a half-round profile (depth 35 mm, inner diameter 200 mm, outer diameter 315 mm), thick with white paint; rope is attached to it with cloth painted black; the ship's name is also in black paint. The suitably grizzled subject, gaunt, with a pipe clenched between his lips (and gums - we suspect he has few teeth), is unidentified. There have been two Royal Navy vessels named HMS 'Satyr'. The first one is presumably the ship in question: she was an R-class destroyer, launched in 1916; she served in the First World War and was broken up in 1926. The second one (P214) was an S-class submarine, launched in September 1942; she served in the Second World War and was broken up in 1962.