French fireships attacking the English fleet off Quebec, 28 June 1759 by Dominic Serres the Elder

French fireships attacking the English fleet off Quebec, 28 June 1759

Dominic Serres the Elder

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French fireships attacking the English fleet off Quebec, 28 June 1759

An incident during the Seven Years War, 1756-1763, between France and Britain. 1759 was a year of victories for Britain and on 26 June Admiral Sir Charles Saunders' powerful fleet, which had conveyed Major-General James Wolfe's land forces to Canada, anchored off the Ile d'Orleans on the St Lawrence River, below Quebec. At midnight on 28 June the French attacked with seven fire-ships and two fire-rafts. Saunders had received advance warning and the boats of the fleet were sent out loaded with his men, who grappled the fire-vessels and towed them safely clear of his ships.
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