'His Royal Highness Prince William Henry, Serving as Midshipman on board His Majesty's Ship Prince George'

Prince William Henry, third son of King George III, entered the Navy during the War of American Independence and first met young Captain Nelson at New York while a midshipman in Lord Hood’s flagship there. He became a competent officer but lacked tact and judgement. As captain of the frigate ‘Pegasus’ he later served under Nelson in the West Indies in 1784-85, at a time when Nelson was making himself unpopular trying to enforce the Navigation Acts that forbade direct trade between British possessions and the newly independent United States. Nelson also backed the Prince in an intemperate dispute with his first lieutenant, which further dented his reputation at the Admiralty and at Court, where William was out of favour. The prince, later King William IV, remained a loyal friend of Nelson all his life.

Object Details

ID: PAH5531
Collection: Fine art
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Sandby, Paul; West, Benjamin Bartolozzi, Francesco Poggi, Antonio Cesare de
Vessels: Prince George (1772)
Date made: Published 15 January 1782
People: King William IV
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 622 mm x 455 mm; Image: 527 mm x 428 mm; Mount: 836 mm x 608 mm

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