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Action Between HMS Hydra and the Furet, 27 February 1806

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Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Royal Navy
Depiction: French Navy
EventsNapoleonic Wars, 1803-1815
VesselsFuret 1801, Hydra (1797)

Object details:

Object ID BHC0572
Description A scene showing the action on 27 February 1806, between the British 38-gun frigate Hydra and the French brig, Furet. Following their defeat at the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, four French frigates and the 'Furet' escaped to Cadiz where they remained until February 1806. To entice them out, Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood withdrew his heavy ships out to sea leaving only the frigate Hydra and the sloop Moselle, 18 guns, in close blockade. On 23 February a strong easterly wind drove them off station and the French commander, Captain La Marre La Meillerie took the opportunity to sail. The Frenchmen were sighted by the Hydra and Moselle the same evening and Captain George Mundy of the Hydra dispatched the Moselle to warn the Commander-in-Chief, while he gave chase. At about 4.30 p.m. on 27 February he overtook the Furet which struck to him. In the right foreground is the Hydra, in port-bow view, sailing close-hauled on the starboard tack. In the left middle distance is the Furet, also port-bow view, firing a gun at the Hydra while her main top-gallant mast is falling. George Chambers senior (1803-40), painted another version of this action for Mundy in 1832, with a pair to it of Hydra at Cape Bagur in 1807 (see also BHC0577). The Chambers pictures were subsequently lithographed by Paul Gauci but that of the Furet action (NMM PAG7115) does not relate to this interpretation of it. This painting is apparently the pair to BHC0577, being acquired with it for the Museum by Sir James Caird in 1928 as part of the Macpherson Collection.
Date made After 1806

Artist/Maker British School, 19th century
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Macpherson Collection
Materials oil on canvas on board
Measurements Painting: 460 x 600 mm
  • Action Between HMS Hydra and the Furet, 27 February 1806 (BHC0572)
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