HMS 'Dido' and 'Lowestoft' in action with 'Minerve' and 'Artemise', 24 June 1795
A painting of an action in 1795, during the French Revolutionary Wars. Almost simultaneously the opposing French and British admirals in the Mediterranean sent two frigates each to reconnoitre each other's fleets. Early on the morning of 24 June they sighted each other off Minorca. The British ships were the 'Dido' and 'Lowestoft' and the French were the 'Minerve' and 'Artemise'. Several hours later the 'Minerve' came into close action and attempted to board the 'Dido', and each were damaged. The 'Lowestoft' then took up the fight and within an hour all the 'Minerve's' topmast went over the side. The 'Lowestoft' then engaged the second French frigate, leaving the two damaged ships to make repairs. After a time it became clear that the second French frigate, which had taken flight, had the edge on the 'Lowestoft' which was therefore recalled. On her return she placed herself across the stern of the French frigate and raked her, with the result that she struck some time later. She was the 'Minerve' a more powerful ship than either of the British frigates. The French ship which escaped was another powerful frigate, the 'Artemise'.
- Image reference: BHC0480
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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