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Action at Flushing - ‘Captn. Trollope In The Glatton,' 1797
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Action at Flushing - ‘Captn. Trollope In The Glatton,' 1797

Measurements: Overall: 70cm (27.5in) x 83cm (32.5in)

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Mezzotint after Henry Singleton. Made and published ‘June 15 1797, by James Daniell, No. 6, Great Charlotte Street, Blackfriars Road’. From a set of five mezzotints published by  Image size: cm (in) x cm (in). Contained in original glazed ebonised oak frame.

Inscription below the image continuing ‘of 54 Carronades Engaging a French Squadron of 8 Ships of War Carrying 230 Guns’. With an account of the incident in English and French: 'At the commencement of this brilliant action which was fought off Helvoet, on the 16th. of July 1796, Captn. Strangways who commanded the Marines received a bad wound in the thigh from a musket ball, who after he had it dressed and a torniquet put on, bravely insisted on coming to his quarters again, where he remained encouraging his men, until actually fainting with the loss of blood, Captn. Trollope to save his life was obliged to order him to be carried down again. Of this wound he died some months after / See London Gazette July 23 1796’.

H.M.S. Glatton, a former East Indiaman, was unique in the Royal Navy for being armed exclusively with carronades which meant at close range she could deliver a heavier broadside than the first rate H.M.S. Victory. Trollope relished the prospect of meeting the enemy and on 15 July 1796, his wish with was fulfilled when she met a French squadron on 15 July 1796 in the English Channel. The French squadron consisted of a 50-gun ship, five frigates (two of 36 guns and three of 28), a brig and a cutter. Glatton drove the French vessels into Flushing, losing only two men wounded (one being the unfortunate Captain Strangways, R.M.), and despite having at times been surrounded by the enemy and exchanging fire at less than 20 yards. The French vessels may have included Brutus (a 74-gun cut down to 46-50 guns),Incorruptible (50 guns), Magicienne (32 guns), and Repubicaine, and one French vessel apparently sank in Flushing harbour.

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