Detail from Battle of Scheveningen by Willem van de Velde the Elder

Detail from Battle of Scheveningen by Willem van de Velde the Elder

This detail from Willem van de Velde the Elder's painting of the Battle of Scheveningen (10 August 1653) shows the Dutch fireship Fortuijn attacking the British warship Andrew. Note the much smaller size of the fireship when compared to even the 56 gun Andrew. This fireship attack ended in failure, although Rear Admiral Thomas Graves was killed before the fire was put out.

Picture reproduced with the kind permission of Seaforth Publishing

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (6 August 2009), Detail from Battle of Scheveningen by Willem van de Velde the Elder, http://www.historyofwar.org/Pictures/pictures_scheveningen_detail.html

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