Plate 1. View of His Majesty's Ship Boyne of 98 Guns, on Fire by Accident at Spithead, May 1, 1795.Prince. Arethusa.
Aquatint. Plate: 475 x 360mm, (18¾ x 14"). Large repaired tear from top edge to centre and in title area.
A scene showing the destruction of HMS Boyne off Spithead. On the morning of May 1st 1795 it was observed that HMS Boyne was on fire so orders were made to assist the fleet, the whole crew were saved but the fire could not be put out. Eventually the cables anchoring the ship were burnt and she floated on the current. The greatest damage was done by the guns which were loaded and started firing at the crowd which had gathered to see the spectacle and three men were killed on HMS Queen Charlotte by rogue shot. HMS Boyne eventually blew up at 5.30pm.
Ex: The collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 39421] £240.00