Duncan Receiving the Surrender of de Winter at the Battle of Camperdown, 11 October 1797

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An interpretation of the surrender of the Dutch fleet following the Battle of Camperdown, 11 October 1797. This battle was fought in the wake of the Battle of St Vincent, 14 February 1797, and the Channel mutinies of May 1797. The mutinies led to a reduction in available British warships that was potentially disastrous. In accordance with the French plan to invade Ireland, the Dutch fleet under Vice-Admiral de Winter left the Texel to join up with the Brest fleet. Throughout 1797, Admiral Duncan had been watching the Dutch fleet in Den Helder. Early in October, Duncan took the fleet to Yarmouth to restore and refit. The Dutch immediately seized their opportunity to put to sea. Duncan also put to sea immediately and early on the morning of 11 October the two fleets were in sight. The action began at 12.30pm 18 miles of the coast and Duncan inspired his captains by leading his flagship, the 'Venerable', 74 guns, into battle.

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Duncan Receiving the Surrender of de Winter at the Battle of Camperdown, 11 October 1797




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H 152 x W 201 cm

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