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The 'Captain' Capturing the 'San Nicolas' and the 'San José' at the Battle of Cape St Vincent, 14 February 1797

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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An incident during the French Revolutionary War, 1793–1802. At the beginning of 1797, the British Admiral Sir John Jervis, with 11 sail of the line, lay in the Tagus, while a Spanish fleet of 27 sail of the line lay at Cartagena. The Spanish intended to join the French fleet at Brest, while Sir John's aim was to prevent this. He prepared to rendezvous with Rear-Admiral William Parker off Cape St Vincent.

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H 35.5 x W 53.3 cm

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