The Pearl Captn Montague taking L' Esperance Octr 1st 1780

This print depicts the naval action between the British 5th rate ship Pearl and the French privateer L’Esperance off Bermuda on 30 September and 1 October 1780. Both vessels are seen in starboard stern quarter view, both on port tacks, their lower courses hoisted for action. Cannon smoke billows between the ships and both have many holes in their sails. L’Esperance, on the right of the image, appears to have sustained more damage. Her topsail and yard are gone, as is her entire mizenmast. Flotsam is visible in the foreground. Another small two-masted vessel can be seen in the distance.

The Pearl had a successful career in such actions, taking many other ships, including L’Esperance.

Object Details

ID: PAG8875
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Peltro, John; Harris, John Dodd, Robert
Vessels: Esperance (1779); Pearl (1762)
Date made: 29 Aug 1782
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 433 x 574 mm; Mount: 480 mm x 636 mm

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