Departure of William III from Hellevoetsluis, 19 October 1688
The painting shows the departure of William of Orange for England. A large fleet is shown assembled in the Maas. It consists of 50 ships of the line, 50 smaller warships and fireships and about 400 transports. The ships fly the Dutch flag and the painting creates the effect of a great Dutch naval event. The English Admiral, Herbert, was given overall command with his flag in the 'Leyden', 62 guns. The fleet sailed on 20 October, but strong north-west winds forced the fleet to return to its anchorage and it did not finally get away again until 1 November.
- Image reference: BHC0325
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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