The Battle of Camperdown, 11 October 1797

A pencil and wash drawing signed, ' N. Pocock', lower left and inscribed 'Camperdown' by the artist. It shows the later part of the action with De Winter's totally dismasted Dutch flagship 'Vrijheid' in the centre still exchanging broadsides with Duncan's 'Venerable', centre right. The ship on fire and missing her mizzen mast on the left is the Dutch 'Hercules',. This was as a result of action with the 'Bedford', 74, (Captain Sir Thomas Byard) which may be the ship on the far left. The fire was put out but not before the 'Hercules' had thrown all her powder overboard to forestall blowing up. Unable to defend herself further, she subsequently surrendered. While the two battle lines were numerically matched at 16 ships each, the British were more heavily gunned with, for example, seven 74s to three Dutch. Although a British victory with seven Dutch ships of the line captured, plus two 50s and two frigates - more than half the Dutch fleet - it was also a hard fought battle (and the last) in a history of such contests between British and Dutch going back to the 17th century.

Object Details

ID: PAF5875
Collection: Fine art; Special collections
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Pocock, Nicholas
Events: French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Camperdown, 1797
Vessels: Ardent (1796); Powerful (1783) Venerable 1784 [British navy]
Date made: circa 1797
People: Pocock, Nicholas
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 256 x 332 mm; Mount: 404 mm x 556 mm

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