Loss of the Royal James at Sole Bay, 1672 (2 of 2)

Loss of the Royal James at Sole Bay, 1672 (2 of 2)

This detail from a painting by Willem van de Velde the Younger shows the moment the Dutch fireship Vrede hit the English flagship Royal James during the battle of Sole Bay (June 1672), in one of the most successful of all fireship attacks.

Picture reproduced with the kind permission of Seaforth Publishing

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (6 August 2009), Loss of the Royal James at Sole Bay, 1672 (2 of 2) , http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_royal_james_sole_bay_detail.html

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