Destruction of the floating batteries at Gibraltar, 13 September 1782 by Thomas Whitcombe

Destruction of the floating batteries at Gibraltar, 13 September 1782

Thomas Whitcombe

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Destruction of the floating batteries at Gibraltar, 13 September 1782

A scene during the Spanish assault on the British stronghold of Gibraltar. During the spring of 1782, with 'the Rock' under close siege, Spain had been adapting ten old warships into powerful special floating batteries, in preparation for their assault. The painting shows an evening scene with the floating batteries on fire on the left. In the central distance one can be seen blowing up. In the left-centre foreground one of the Spanish gun vessels is sinking, in starboard-quarter view, with a boat in the foreground going to her assistance. The British boat in the extreme right foreground is shown rescuing Spanish sailors from a floating spar and sail. Gibraltar can be seen in the right background, with the batteries firing towards the fireships.
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  • Image reference: BHC0451

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