The 'Charlemagne' with 'Trafalgar' leaving Port Mahon under tow by 'Firebrand', 1 June 1822
Inscribed top left 'Port Mahon -/ Harbour - June 1st 1852' and across the top 'French 90 gun ship Charlemagne / screw' and 'Trafalgar in tow of Firebrand', the last being a steamer. All three ships are seen in stern view off the starboard quarter, the two main ones very close together, 'Charlemagne' being at anchor, and the 'Trafalgar' presumably leaving port. The exact location is a little unclear: if it is inside Bloody Island, then that is the eminence behind 'Firebrand' with one of the buildings of the old naval hospital flying the Spanish flag and the 'Firebrand' is towing out round the island's south side. It might however be the outer harbour and the Spanish flag flying on fortification on the north headland, much of which was later rebult.
George Pechell Mends
Original size: 255 mm x 372 mm
- Image reference: PZ0868-002
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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