The Declaration of War, communicated to the Fleet by Signal by Vice Admiral Sir Charles Napier, K.C.B. at Kioge Bay April 4th. 1854.
London, Published Sep.r 20 1854, by Ackermann & Co. 96 Strand, by Appointment, to H.M. the Queen, H.R.H. Prince Albert, H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent, &c.&c.&c.
Lithograph. 419 x 903mm.16½ 35½".
Admiral Sir Charles John Napier (1786-1860) was a Scottish naval officer whose sixty years in the Royal Navy included service in the Napoleonic Wars, Syrian War and the Crimean War. At the outbreak of the Crimean War, Napier received command of the largest fleet with the Royal Navy had assembled since the Napoleonic Wars, and it was sent to act in the Baltic Sea. It was in 1854, aboard HMS Duke of Wellington that Napied hoisted his flag, joined by Rear-Admirals Armar Lowry Corry, Henry Ducie and James Hanway Plumridge. Despite the lack of men and particularly experienced seamen, Napier, augmented by the French fleet sent by Napoleon III, managed to overawe the Russian Baltic fleet, so much so that they did not leave their moorings.
See NMM: PAI5083. See GAC: 4592.
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