Frigates, Maidstone v Lion

The Nelson and Trafalgar Collection, a scene from the American War of Independence.

 A marine painting by Gordon Frickers 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36″), oil on board, this original was a private commission.

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Detail from Maidstone v Lion

This #marinepainting:

A frigate action in the Caribbean during the American War of Independence.

The client’s brief was “I would like a painting of 2 frigates in action, but not one of the well-known actions“.

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I found this story in the Naval Chronicle at excellent Plymouth Naval library on my second attempt …

That library has been closed by Plymouth Council, a great loss to Plymouth’s culture and heritage, it was a very fine collection complementing and rivalling Greenwich Maritime Museum with a first class curator.

The first story I found was perfect, even a ballad written, until I checked the times.

It was a night action!

HMS Maidstone, 28 attacked the French “Lion” 40 who’s guns were bigger, more and heavier balls; “Maidstone” was driven off, badly damaged, then…

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