No.1. A British Squadron Consisting of His Majesty's Ships, Astrea, Phoebe and Galatea Frigates and Racehorse Sloop, under...Captain Charles Marsh Schomberg...commencing Action with a Squadron of French Frigates...under...Commodore Roquebert...20th May 1811, off Madagascar

A battle scene depicting British and French squadrons off Madagascar.
A broadside view of 'Astrea' is shown slightly to the left of the centre of the picture.
There is gunfire coming from some of the ships.

Inscribed: "No. 1. A BRITISH SQUADRON Consisting of HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS, ASTREA, PHOEBE and GALATEA FRIGATES and RACEHORSE SLOOP, under the Command of CAPTAIN CHARLES MARSCH SCHOMBERG, C.B. K.C.T.&S commencing Action with a SQUADRON of FRENCH FRIGATES of the largest Class, under the Command of COMMODORE ROQUEBERT, Officer of the Legion of Honour, on the 20th May 1811, off Madagascar. La Renomee was Captured. La Nereide taken at Tamatave. La Clorinde struck, but escaped during the Night"
On either side of the central inscription are lists of the British and French forces giving the names of the ships, with the numbers of their guns, the size of crews and the names of the commanders.

No. 1 of a set of four aquatints.

Hand-coloured. Returned from R.N. Museum, Portsmouth.

Object Details

ID: PAI6170
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Beechey, William; Whitcombe, Thomas
Places: Unlinked place
Events: Napoleonic Wars: Action off Tamatave, 1811
Vessels: Astrea (1810); Galatea (1810) Racehorse (1806) Phoebe (1795)
Date made: 1795; 1806 1810 20 May 1811
People: French Squadron
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 402 x 665 mm; Mount: 609 mm x 836 mm

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