Plan of the Town and Mole of Algiers and it's vicinity with the disposition of the British and Netherland Fleets Augt. 27: 1816.
Published for the Proprietor, by Messrs. Cadell & Davies, Strand, May 15, 1817.
Rare etched plan of the Bombardment of Algiers (27 August 1816), showing the positions of the besieging ships and the defending gun batteries. Inset key to left. Paper watermarked 'J Whatman 1816'. 280 x 385mm, 11 x 15¼". Wide margins, fine condition.
In 1816 a squadron under Admiral Sir Edward Pellew was fitted out and sent to Algiers on the North African coast where they arrived, in company with a small Dutch squadron, on 27 August 1816. They sought the release of the British Consul, who had been detained, and over 1000 Christian slaves, many being seamen taken by the Algerines. When they received no reply the fleet bombarded Algiers in the most spectacular of several similar punitive actions of this period that finally broke the power of the 'Barbary pirates', who had been a plague on European commerce in the Mediterranean for centuries. Pellew was subsequently created Viscount Exmouth. The Dey of Algiers freed around 3,000 slaves following the bombardment and signed a treaty against the slavery of Europeans. However, the cessation of slavery did not last long. After Lt. William Innes Pocock (1783 - 1836), second son of marine painter Nicholas Pocock. He entered the navy in 1795, and from 1807 to 1810, in the St. Albans, made three several voyages to the Cape of Good Hope, St. Helena, and China. In the last of these the convoy was much shattered in a storm off the Cape of Good Hope, and was detained at St. Helena to refit. During this time Pocock made several sketches of the island, which, with some account of its history, he published as ‘Five Views of the Island of St. Helena’ in 1815, when public interest was excited in the island as the residence of Napoleon Bonaparte.
See NMM PAF4864. DNB.
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