CAPTURE of INVINCIBLE - BATTLE of CAPE FINESTERRE
The coloured painting was painted by a local artist John Terry, who was also one of the many volunteer divers on the wreck. We commissioned him to paint a certain part of the battle. From a diary of one of the officers on board a British ship during the Battle of Cape Finnesterre, when Invincible was captured from the French, we learned something, which at the time we considered to be a strange occurrence. According to the diary, very much an eye witness report, Invincible had taken the full brunt & force of 6 British warships, each passing by her great wooden walls and blazing their 1st well aimed, devastating broadsides into her. The diary further reads that after several hours of fierce exchange of gunfire, during which Invincible lost her masts and most of her crew had either been killed or badly maimed, Invincible's guns lay silent! "having fired all her shot"!
The French commodore however, still would not surrender.
Instead, as the British ships came alongside he ordered that his private treasure chests be opened and that all his gold, silver & plate should be loaded into the quarterdeck guns and fired at the British as they came near!! Imagine - coins, cutlery and plate's etc. being fired at close range across a crowded deck! After this last defiant gesture was made, the French flag 'came down with a run'
|Further research shows that this was not so strange after all. The common feeling was that 'if the enemy were about to get your treasure, you at least decided how they got it' and generally you shot it at them!|
|This unexpected noise and confusion then, is the very part of the battle the artist has skilfully captured in full glorious colour.|
|Image size 600 x 360 mm Price each (Incl p&p) £2.95 (including postage & packing withn the UK)|
INVINCIBLE in BRITISH SERVICE
|This black & white line drawing is a copy of an original,
which we managed to purchase at a Sotheby's auction some years ago. The
original was published according to an act of parliament on April 2nd
1751. There is something very unusual about this print in as much that
the sails are all aback! With the anchors showing fully catted she was obviously
not about to let go the anchors, which would be the normal reason for this
manoeuvre. Some knowledgeable sailors also assure me that due to the sail
configuration she is not turning through the eye of the wind! Why then has
the artist drawn he finest and fastest fighting ship of her time with the
sails depicting her as being out of control 'in irons'? To this day we have
not been able to find a satisfactory explanation.
|Image size 460 x 380 mm Price each . £2.95 (including postage & packing withn the UK)|
|This same B&W print is also available on beautiful buff
coloured Parche Marque.
Very limited quantity available Price each . £5.95 (including postage & packing withn the UK)