The Battle of the Saints, 12 April 1782 – breaking the line

Inscribed: “To Lord Rodney Adml. of the White, Lord Hood, Sir Francis Samuel Drake Bart. Rear Admls of the Blue, Sir Edmund Affleck Bart. Commodore, The several Captains and Officers, This Representation of the glorious, brilliant and decisive Victory, obtained by His Majesty’s Fleet under their Command, over the French Fleet, commanded by the Admiral Count de Grasse, on the 12th April 1782, for which they received the thanks of both Houses of Parliament. As with all due respect inscribed by their most obedient servant, Richard Paton.” English and French forces are tabulated to either side.

The moment shown is that of around quarter past nine in the morning when Rodney broke through the French line of battle. At centre-left, his flagship ‘Formidable’, identifiable by her St George’s cross at the main, is flanked by two further British three-deckers, most probably ‘Namur’, 90 guns, and ‘Duke’ 98 – the only other vessels that large in Rodney’s central squadron.

PAI6045 is the pendant print to this item, showing the moment of eventual victory gained later that day.

Object Details

ID: PAI6047
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Lerpiniere, Daniel; Boydell, John Paton, Richard
Events: American War of Independence: Battle of the Saints, 1782
Vessels: Formidable (1777); Namur (1756) Duke (1777)
Date made: 1 May 1783
People: British Fleet; French Fleet
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 530 x 700 mm; Mount: 655 mm x 962 mm

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