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After the Battle of St Vincent, 14th February 1797, the British fleet went to Lisbon to refit and was also reinforced during that time. Nelson, now a rear-admiral, was given command of the inshore blockading squadron, which anchored off Cadiz. Making a night raid upon Spanish gun-boats, his Barge was attacked by an armed launch carrying 26 men under their commander, Don Miguel Tregoyen. Nelson had with him only his 10 Bargemen, Captain Fremantle, and his coxswain, John Sykes.
oil on canvas
H 63.5 x W 99 cm