'Nelson boarding the 'San Nicolas' in the victory off Cape St Vincent, 14 February 1797 by W.R. Thomas

'Nelson boarding the 'San Nicolas' in the victory off Cape St Vincent, 14 February 1797

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'Nelson boarding the 'San Nicolas' in the victory off Cape St Vincent, 14 February 1797

Once alongside the enemy ship the crew boarded her decks, expecting surrender after close-quarters fighting. Here Nelson is boarding the Spanish 'San Nicolas' at the Battle of Cape St Vincent, 14 February 1797. From her he also captured the 120-gun 'San Josef', which had become entangled alongside - an event that caught the naval and public imagination as 'Nelson's patent bridge for boarding first-rates'. Although many paintings commemorated the feat, aquatints and etchings like this brought the action to a wider audience. Both ships were taken into the Royal Navy. The 'San Nicolas' became a prison ship in 1800 and the 'San Josef' lasted until 1849.
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Original size: 444 mm x 510 mm

  • Image reference: PY7917

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