The Essex and British Frigates in the Bay of Valparaiso.
Wood engraving. 128 x 215mm. 5 x 8½". Small tear into right-hand edge of image. Slight staining at top.
The USS Essex sailed in South Atlantic waters and along the coast of Brazil until January 1813, decimating the British whaling fleet. A year later she sailed into neutral waters at Valparaiso, only to be trapped there for six weeks by the HMS Phoebe and HMS Cherub. Essex was determined to gain the open sea, fearing the arrival of British reinforcements, but she lost her main top-mast to foul weather. She managed to hold off the superior fighting power of the British, however a fire erupted twice aboard the Essex, at which point many people abandoned the ship and swam for shore. Eventually, the hopeless situation forced the frigate to surrender. From "The Naval Temple: Containing A Complete History of the Battles Fought by the Navy of the United States".
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