It is unlikely the '100 years' of the title is to be taken too literally. As the author Alex Hurst commented, the ship's hull paint suggests she is a little earlier than 1800, however she has double dolphin strikers which were not introduced into the British Navy until around 1900. Somerscales depicts the ship hove to with her mainyards backed as whalers approach. In the distance, another ship can be seen with her 'stun'-sails' - the additional sails seen extended outside the normal sail plan - set. These were almost obsolete by the twentieth century.
The technical ability and atmosphere achieved within the painting exemplify the credentials that established Somerscales as a leading marine artist of his generation, especially notable for his Chilean seascapes, where the artist spent the majority of his career.