The pennant flying on the centre mast clearly identifies the paddlesteamer as the 1200 ton Victoria built in Hull by James North for Brownlow and Pearson of The Hull Steam Packet Co. and launched on 19th June 1837, the day before the accession of Queen Victoria.
The handsome Georgian buildings along the docks reflect Hull's prosperity in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. A new dock, Queen's Basin, opened in 1778 and two further docks were built after 1800. Prosperous merchants in Hull provided a ready market for the work of artists like Thomas Binks, who was probably also active as a decorative painter. The pupil of Thomas Meggitt of Hull, Binks painted whaling scenes - whaling formed an important part of Hull's prosperity at the time - and paddlesteamers in the Hull Roads.
The work of Thomas Binks is represented in the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull and in the National Collection at Greenwich.