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. A month after the fire-ship attack depicted in BHC0392, the French made a second bid to dislodge Saunders' fleet, which is the subject of this painting. About 100 fire-rafts were sent down but these fared no better than the earlier fire-ships and were towed safely aside by the boats of the fleet.
Dominic Serres, the Elder
- Image reference: BHC0394
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
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