The 'Mary Rose' action, 8-18 December 1669
While on convoy duty in the Mediterranean, Captain John Kempthorne in the 'Mary Rose' was attacked by seven Algerine corsairs. With the help of only a ketch, the 'Roe', they were none the less repulsed and the whole convoy saved. This well-finished drawing is based on Hollar's etching of the incident in Ogilby's 'Africa' (1670), though the drawing has more smoke and the ships are more accurate. It has a high horizon and in the centre middle distance shows a port-broadside view of the 'Mary Rose'. On her port bow is a pink (copied from the incorrect etching) and the 'Hamborough' frigate. On her beam is a Scotch merchantman and, on her quarter, the 'Roe'. In line to starboard are six of the Algerines, the 'Half Moon', 'Orange Tree', 'Seven Stars', 'White Horse', 'Hart' and 'Golden Lion'. In the left foreground is a French merhantman and in the right distance the Algerine 'Rose Leaf' pursuing a prize that was cast adrift.
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
Original size: 311 mm x 410 mm
- Image reference: PY3905
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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