M. S. Robinson. Letter to Claus Virch. November 7, 1963, suggests an attribution to either Peter Monamy or Thomas Woodcock.
M. S. Robinson. Letter to Claus Virch. February 3, 1964, favors an attribution to Monamy.
M. S. Robinson. Letter to John Walsh. October 23, 1971, observes that Monamy's composition is based on one favored by Willem van de Velde the Younger—mentioning as an example a signed and dated painting of 1703 showing the ship Royal Sovereign (National Maritime Museum), notes that the McDonald picture shows the same ship while the other variant shows a different one, suggests that the ship was painted from a model and that the picture was perhaps inspired by the putting to sea of the ship Britannia in 1734.
Richard Kingzett. Letter to Charles Moffett. January 31, 1983, firmly rejects the proposed attribution to Scott and thinks it likely that the picture is indeed by Monamy.
M. S. Robinson. Van de Velde: A Catalogue of the Paintings of the Elder and the Younger Willem van de Velde. Greenwich, 1990, vol. 2, pp. 600–601, no. 584 , p. 636, no. 541/5, ill., identifies the ship as a three-decker of a period later than 1707 (the year in which Willem van de Velde the Younger died), relating in many details to a mezzotint advertised for subscription beginning probably in 1725 which is inscribed "W. Van De Veld pinxt. E. Kirkall fecit" (British Museum, 1868 1-11-440).
Katharine Baetjer. British Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575–1875. New York, 2009, pp. 34–36, no. 15, ill. (color).