The parson and the pig: an incident at the burning of Kotka, Finland, 27 July 1855
Mounted in album with PAI4673, PAI4675-PAI4716.; No.2. No. 2 in Fanshawe's Baltic and later album, 1843-1883. Captioned by the artist 'Kotka, 27th July 1855, Midnight', on the album page below the image. For the circumstances of the attack on the Kotka barracks, see PAI4673. Fanshawe's role, commanding the 'Cossack', was to guard the causeway bridge which linked Kotka island to the mainland, to prevent a Russian counter-attack. 'The marines guarding the bridgehead were keenly on the alert, for a Russian attack in force was very probable. Suddenly at midnight the general silence was broken by a great commotion; the men stood to arms, all eyes were strained into the darkness of the fir-wood on one side, or the glare of the burning barracks on the other. A few moments' tension and the cause explained itself to be - a parson chasing a pig! The latter had been trying to escape from the burning buildings; the former had come from England in a yacht to witness naval operations in the Baltic. Piggy's fate was sealed, for the marines vigorously joined the chase, and all had roast pork for supper' (Fanshawe  p. 327). Marines in the foreground advance to help dispatch the pig: the flames of the burning barracks behind illuminate the scene.
Edward Gennys Fanshawe
Original size: 176 mm x 256 mm
- Image reference: PZ4674
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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