An English ship in a gale trying to claw off a lee shore
Two ships are shown in difficulty in a heavy sea with storm clouds blowing away to the right above a rocky coast. The composition is dominated by a two-decker in port-bow view in the left foreground, being tossed close to the rocks by large waves. A ragged red ensign is still flying and although the mainmast is standing, the topmast has been broken off and there is no sign of the topsail.
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
- Image reference: BHC0900
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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