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HM 'Looe' Approaching Looe Island, c.1740

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: The Looe Guildhall Collection

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HM frigate 'Looe', 44 guns, was built on private contract at Limehouse, London, was launched in December 1741 and entered service in early 1742. Early in the morning of 5 February 1744, while engaged in anti-Spanish operations in the Florida keys, she ran onto a reef off the island since then known as Looe Key. Before the crew escaped in boats and another vessel, they set 'Looe' on fire to avoid capture. This is a mid-to-late-twentieth century painting by an artist listed as working in Cornwall and is presumed to represent the ship just before she was wrecked.

Looe Guildhall

East Looe




oil on canvas


H 61 x W 71 cm

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Looe Guildhall

Fore Street, East Looe, Cornwall PL13 1AA England

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