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    Sale 5130

    Maritime

    14 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 23

    Follower of Thomas Buttersworth

    The action between H.M.S. Shannon and the U.S.S. Chesapeake, 1st June 1813 (one illustrated)

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    Follower of Thomas Buttersworth
    The action between H.M.S. Shannon and the U.S.S. Chesapeake, 1st June 1813 (one illustrated)
    oil on canvas
    16½ x 23 in. (41.9 x 58.4 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    During the Anglo-American War of 1812-14, the event which captured the public's imagination more than any other was the celebrated duel between the Royal Navy's frigate H.M.S. Shannon and the new republic's frigate Chesapeake. Cruising off the eastern seaboard, Captain Philip Broke of the Shannon spotted the American frigates Chesapeake and Constitution refitting in Boston. Broke immediately challenged Captain Lawrence of the Chesapeake to come out and fight and, at about noon on 1st June 1813, the latter weighed anchor and stood out of Boston Roads accompanied by a small flotilla of pleasure craft crowded with spectators anxious to witness the fight. A furious action followed lasting a mere fifteen minutes; Captain Broke was mortally wounded leading his boarding party and casualties on both vessels were very high. Soon overwhelmed, Chesapeake surrendered and Shannon took her as a prize into Halifax, Nova Scotia, where, on the 6th June, the captors were given a heroes' welcome.

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