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This painting is one of a series of four in the same frame, recording an incident involving HMS 'Pique' after she went aground on rocks at Point Forteau, in the Straits of Belle Isle, whilst patrolling off Labrador. Several days later she was again caught in a gale and strong seas struck the rudder, already weakened by the first incident, and tore it from the stern post.
This image shows the moment when the storm carries her rudder away and her forging over the reef off Cape Forteau after struggling for 11 hours. Her captain was tried at Court Martial at Portsmouth Harbour in October 1835, but found not guilty of damage to the ship. From these four paintings see also BHC2255, BHC2257 and BHC2258 a series of four lithographs were made.
HMS 'Pique' Carrying Away Her Rudder
mid-19th C–late 19th C
oil on panel
H 24 x W 34.5 cm