The Masefields moved to 1 Diamond Terace, Greenwich in Autumn 1904. They left in October 1907. A semi-detached Regency house, it was described by Janet Ashbee as "Churchwarden Gothic and very sweet". In a letter to W.B. Yeats, dated 24 August 1904 Masefield noted "We are going to live at Greenwich… I hope that sometimes, when there are some fine ships to see, you will come with me to see them and to talk of Bowlines, and the Dry Tortugas, with the men on board. …the sailor-town is yet the one human part of London, and I hope I shall find happiness, if no ballad poetry, in wandering about among the crimps, by the marine-stores, with a sailor as a comrade, and a quid of jacky in my cheek."
A letter from Masefield to Jack B. Yeats, conjecturally dated at the beginning of April 1905, may include reference to the envelope illustration: "…your bully letter just arrived, with the glorious drawing of the dinghy’s crew upon the cover…"