To Francis Freeling Esq.r Secretary to the General Post OfficeThis Plate representing the situation of H.M. Packet Hinchinbrook at the close of an Engagement with the American Privateer Grand Turk of Salem, on the 1 of May 1814 [...]
Pub. Feb. 1 1819 by Messrs Colnaghi & Co. 23 Cockspur Str. for the Proprietor
Scarce aquatint, platemark 390 x 520mm (15¼ x 20½"). Small margins; good condition.
Naval battle during the War of 1812. The British mail-packet Hinchinbrook was homeward-bound from the West Indies when it was pursued by the American brig Grand Turk. American and British accounts of the action differed, but neither ship was sunk. This print was dedicated to Francis Freeling (1764-1836), postal administrator and book collector. Freeling's career as the head of the Post Office coincided with the transition from sail to steam in the Irish packet service. After William Innes Pocock (1783-1836), naval officer and artist. Pocock was not involved in the battle however: in 1811 he had been promoted lieutenant of the Eagle, on which he served in the Adriatic up to 1814 when his naval career ended.
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