Bryan Blundell's painting of his ship The Mulberry

Blundell was co-founder of the Blue Coat School, became its treasurer, and dedicated his life and much of his wealth to it. A master mariner, he grew rich through the Transatlantic trade, including slavery, though his sons, who continued the family's support for the charity school, were more deeply involved. Blundell was also an amateur painter and the watercolour reproduced here from 1696 is contained in his journals kept at the Lancashire Record Office. The ship, The Mulberry, was owned by Blundell and was the first to leave Liverpool’s Old Dock in 1715.