[The Battle of Flamborough Head.] To the Merchants trading to Russia, this Print representing the gallant Defence of Capt.n Pearson in his Majesty's Ship Serapis,and the Countess of Scarborough Arm'd Ship Capt.n Piercy, against Paul Jones's Squadron, whereby a valuable Fleet from the Baltic were prevented from falling into the hands of the Enemy, is with the greatest respect Inscribed by their Humble Servant John Harris.
London Published 1 Dec.r 1781 by John Harris, Sweetings Alley Cornhill. [But c1820.]
Copper engraving, with large margins. 350 x 470mm, 13¾ x 18½". Watermarked 'H. Smith 1820' Tears to edges, some creasing where rolled.
On September 23 1779 the Baltic Fleet, protected by Serapis and Countess of Scarborough. was attacked by a squadron of four French frigates on loan to the American Captain John Paul Jones. The duel between Serapis and Jones's ship Bonhomme Richard left the American ship in danger of sinking, but Jones lashed his ship to Serapis in such a way to render Serapis vulnerable to fire from the other US ships, so Serapis surrendered and was taken by Jones, who transferred his crew before the Bonhomme Richard sank. In the meantime the Baltic Fleet had escaped, for which the Serapis's Captain Pearson received the thanks of the Russia Company, whose arms are in the remarque. Despite being such a small-scale action the battle is one of the most celebrated naval actions of the American War of Independence
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