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The 'Victory' Leaving the Channel in 1793

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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The 'Victory' is shown broadside to port, going down Channel to windward with Rudyerd's Eddystone Lighthouse distantly visible beyond her stern. She is shown flying the flag of Lord Hood as Vice-Admiral of the Red (red at the fore), as she heads outward-bound with her squadron in 1793 for the Mediterranean, where she was Hood's flagship at the Siege of Toulon and the invasion of Corsica. Hood had been promoted to Admiral of the Blue by the time he returned in November 1794, and on the left 'Victory' is shown again, leading the return of his squadron. In the main view 'Victory' also flies a Union jack on her bowsprit and a red ensign, as do other ships of the outward-bound squadron following her.

National Maritime Museum

London


Date

c.1795

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 88.9 x W 124.5 cm

Accession number

BHC3696

Work type

Painting


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