Engagement Between the U.S. Frigate Chesapeake and H.M.S. Shannon
Oil on canvas (mounted on wood)
Overall: 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. ( 21.3 x 26 cm )
On June 1, 1813, the United States frigate Chesapeake, 36 guns, Captain James Lawrence, accepted a challenge to combat from the British frigate, Shannon, 38 guns, Captain Philip Bowes Vere Broke, and sailed from Boston harbor to meet her adversary awaiting her off the Massachusetts coast. After an engagement of only fifteen minutes, the Chesapeake was boarded and captured and was taken as a prize to Halifax. The name of the artist is cited from an old label pasted on the reverse.
Bequest of Irving S. Olds
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