Rear-Admiral William Pierrepont (1767-1813)
A portrait of Rear-Admiral William Pierrepont (1767-1813). The sitter is shown three-quarter length, standing slightly to left on board ship with a telescope under his arm, in captain's (over-three-years) full-dress of 1795-1812. Pierrepont served as a lieutenant commanding the cutter 'Seaflower' in Jervis's and Lieutenant-General Grey's campaign against the French in the West Indies in 1794. On 22 August 1798, in command of the 'Naiad' of 38 guns (but in fact mounting 46) he sighted the French 'Decade', 36, under Captain Villeneuve making landfall off Cape Finisterre from Cayenne. He chased her through the night and brought her to action late the following day, with the 'Magnanime', 44 (Capt. the Hon. Michael de Courcy), having joined him in the offing. After an hour's fight VIlleneuve surrendered to 'Naiad' alone. On 15 October 1801, still on patrol in the Bay of Biscay, 'Naiad' sighted the Spanish frigates 'Thetis' and 'Santa Brigida' (both 34s) inward bound from Mexico with
Original size: 1010 mm x 775 mm
- Image reference: PT2899
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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