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Possibly the artist's studio sale; Langford's, 4 April 1765, lot 82, 'A large piece of shipping with the Royal William'.
The Fermor Hesketh Collection, Easton Neston; Sotheby's, 17 May 2005, lot 35, 'A Flagship shortening sail', where bought by the present owner.
Richard Kingzett, A Catalogue of the Works of Samuel Scott, The Walpole Society 1980-1982, vol. XLVIII, p. 20, no. L.
London, Guildhall, Samuel Scott Bicentenary Paintings, Drawings and Engravings, 1972, no. 14.