Knowle's action off Havana
In February 1748 Rear-Admiral Charles Knowles left Port Royal, Jamaica, with eight ships of the line, to make an attack on Santiago de Cuba. Delayed by contrary winds, he diverted his expedition to Port Louis in the south-east of Hispaniola. Knowles sailed his ships up the channel and passed to the west and north of the fort, which surrendered after a sharp bombardment. The town's surrender followed immediately and Knowles, having taken possession of a snow and three privateers, including the 'Conquistador', 64 guns, burnt the fort and departed for Santiago de Cuba. The 'Cornwall', 80 guns, in port-quarter view, with Knowles's red Rear-Admiral's flag at the mizzen and a red battle flag at the fore, is in the centre of the painting. Her main topmast has been shot away and she is engaging the Spanish flagship, 'Invencible', 74 guns, to starboard. All that can be seen of the Spaniard is Spinola's flag above the smoke.
- Image reference: BHC0375
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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