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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. Strong seas struck the rudder, already weakened by the first incident, and tore it from the stern post. The ship was then steered for 1,400 miles back to England without a rudder and was able to return to England in October 1835. Her captain was tried at Court Martial at Portsmouth Harbour in October 1835, but found not guilty of the damage of the ship.
From these four paintings see also BHC2255, BHC2256 and BHC2258 a series of four lithographs were made.
National Maritime Museum
HMS 'Pique's' Gig
mid-19th C–late 19th C
oil on panel
H 16.5 x W 24 cm