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Admiral Sir Robert Calder's Action off Cape Finisterre, 23 July 1805

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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Calder’s squadron intercepted the Franco-Spanish fleet under Admiral Villeneuve off north-western Spain, as it returned from its diversionary voyage to the West Indies just before Trafalgar. At a time when Britain had become used to Nelsonic victories, Calder’s failure to engage it decisively led to his formal censure and he was never given another command. This shows the day after the action. British frigates have Calder’s two prizes, the ‘Firme’ and the ‘San Raphael’, under tow on the right and the damaged ‘Windsor Castle’, too, on the left.

National Maritime Museum


  • Date

    after 1805

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    77.5 x 123 cm

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