Frigates, Treasure Ships

Frigates, the Battle of  Trafalgar : this little known dramatic frigate action caused Spain to enter the Napoleonic Wars allied to France.

Frigate painting
Loss of ‘Las Mercedes’

The treasure ship Las Mercedes‘, a frigate, was lost due to espionage, misinformation, fake news, tragedy, bungling.

marine painting, 30 x 45 cm (12″ x 18″)

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The Nelson and Trafalgar Series.
The Loss of Las Mercedes‘ the definitive version of this event, was one of my 35 paintings shown by special  invitation of the European Parliament, Brussels, May 2011.


This Painting :

with this painting I have chosen to show you the most dramatic moment of this frigate combat.

The British frigates, more deftly handled than the Spanish frigates have taken favoured positions off the quarters of the Spanish ships.

This skillful maneuver by the British frigates makes the defender’s returning fire more difficult to aim while incoming fire semi rakes the victim.

Tragically, at the height of the action  Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes”  blew up taking with her most of the people including almost an entire family.

The Spanish ships were Farma, Medea, Mercedes, Clara, the British were, Medusa, Indefatigable, Amphion, and Lively.

One of the four Spanish frigates, the “Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes”, in an action with the 4 British frigates blew up with great loss of life and promptly sank, 5th October 1804.

is based primarily on the detailed account to be found in W.M. James The Naval History of Great Britain, volume 3,  (from page 280 to 282) ISBN 0-85177-907-7


Intelligence :

The interception based upon Intelligence received by the British Government was managed faultlessly, but …
“The loss of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes” version 2015 detail (2)

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"The loss of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes" version 2015 detail.
“The loss of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes” version 2015 detail.


Classic painting :

a timeless subject although less well known today, of real significance to the story of the Napoleonic Wars, Nelson and Trafalgar

Any reputable gallery should be delighted to offer you this painting for this price… a sound investment.

The the full story of “Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes” and her treasure is, as is often the case, is much more intriguing and not over yet… her wreck has been located.

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