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Prise a L'Abordage

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: lithograph
Maker: Mayer, Auguste Etienne François; Lemercier; A. Mayer & Sabatier; E. Gambart, Junin & Co.; Bulla & Jouy; Delarue, François; Bayot
Place made: France, Ile-de-France, Paris
Date made: 1803
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 15 in x 20 in
Nomenclature: French; British; East Indiamen; frigates
Classification: naval battles

On August 14, 1803 the French privateer frigate 'Le Bellone,' under Captain Perroud, boarded and captured the large East Indiaman 'Lord Nelson.' The French privateer intercepted the British frigate on her homebound voyage off Cape Clear, Ireland. Chaos of smoke, men and guns are on the decks of the two frigates broadside-to-broadside (French in front and British behind). Despite the inferior broadside of the French privateer to that of 'Lord Nelson,' 'Bellone' had a crew of 260 men versus the 102 men (excluding passenger) of the British frigate on board. After 90 minutes of action, the 'Lord Nelson' succumbed to the French.