The capture of the 'Guillaume Tell', 30 March 1800 by Thomas Luny

The capture of the 'Guillaume Tell', 30 March 1800

Thomas Luny

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The capture of the 'Guillaume Tell', 30 March 1800

A painting detailing the capture of the 'Guillaume Tell'. She is shown on the left of the painting, with her last mast, the mizzen, falling forward over the starboard side, her ensign from the peak trailing in the water. This differs from the written accounts which describe the main and mizzen going first at 06.30 and the foremast was the last to go. Masking the 'Guillaume Tell's' bow with her stern and gunsmoke is the 'Foudroyant'. She has also lost her mizzen mast and there are shot holes in her sails. On the left and slightly further off is the 'Penelope' facing into the stern of the 'Guillaume Tell' while on the right of the picture is the Lion with her mizzen topmast gone and some of her guns not run out as they had been dismounted. The sea is choppy.
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  • Image reference: BHC4160

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