To Admiral Lord Gambier... this Plate representing the Attack on the Enemy's Fleet by Fire Ships on the Night of the 11th of April 1809... inscribed by... Rob Dodd

A starboard broadside view of the ‘Mediator’ in her final role as a fireship, flying the British Ensign. She is backlit by flares and sparks. The French fleet can be seen in the right background, identified by a single flag atop one of the masts. The British fleet is presumably that shown on the left. A ship’s boat is also present with crew at centre left. Coloured aquatint by Robert Dodd.
As the East Indiaman ‘Ann & Emilia’, the ‘Mediator’ is recorded in Hardy’s “East India Register” as sailing from Portsmouth in 1782 ‘To remain in India’. A commemorative medal of 1809 shows 'Mediator' as a fireship (MEC1279).

Object Details

ID: PAH8072
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Dodd, Robert
Vessels: Mediator (fl.1804)
Date made: 12 Apr 1809
People: French Fleet
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 433 x 670 mm; Mount: 604 mm x 836 mm

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