To Captain Sir Thomas Williams, this print representing the Capture of the French Frigate La Tribune by His Majesty's ship the Unicorn on the 8.th June 1796, is resepectfully inscribed by his humble servant N. Pocock.
London, Published Sept.r 14 1797 by N. Pocock Ct. George Street Westminster.
Fine aquatint and engraving with large margins. Platemark: 480 x 640mm (18¾ x 25¼").
A dramatic battle scene depicting action between the English frigate 'Unicorn', and the French frigate 'La Tribune', which took place June 8th, 1796 near Waterford. Launched in 1793, 'Tribune' was under the command of Commodore John Moulson (or Moulston), an American who had served in the French Navy for 16 years. On 8th June 1796, 'Tribune' was sailing off the south coast of Ireland, when at daybreak the British frigates 'Unicorn' and 'Santa Margarita' sighted the French vessels and proceeded to chase them. 'Unicorn' eventually pulled alongside and an intense engagement that lasted for 35 minutes ensued, resulting in the capture of 'Tribune'. The victory earned Sir Thomas William, to whom this print is dedicated, a knighthood. In 1847 the Admiralty awarded the remaining survivors of this action the 'Naval General Service Medal'. Details of both ships are below titles with an account of the event from Sir Thomas William to Admiral Kingsmill, from on board the 'Unicorn' dated 1796.
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