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Captain William Rogers Capturing the 'Jeune Richard', 1 October 1807

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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The artist intended this painting to commemorate a 'very gallant action in the West Indies' on 1st October 1807. At dawn, off the coast of Barbados, a lookout aboard the mail packet 'Windsor Castle' saw the sail of a French privateer the 'Jeune Richard', overhauling them. With no prospect of escape the crew of the 'Windsor Castle' rigged the anti-boarding nets and went to quarters. The privateer closed on her starboard quarter and grappled but the nets prevented the Frenchmen from boarding. Both sides suffered severely from the fire of the guns and muskets, especially the French who finally ran from their quarters. Seeing this, Captain William Rogers and his remaining five unwounded men boarded the Frenchman, killing her captain, tearing down her colours and forcing the crew to go below.

National Maritime Museum

London

Title

Captain William Rogers Capturing the 'Jeune Richard', 1 October 1807

Date

1808

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 157.5 x W 119.5 cm

Accession number

BHC0579

Acquisition method

National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

Work type

Painting

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