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"H.M.Augusta: Philadelphia-1777" - by Geoff Hunt

Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Prints & Remarques

Image size: 13 3/4" x 21"

Edition size: 750 S/N

Issue price: $150 ... Remarque-$400 (When these are sold out they will only be available on our secondary market--call then for the current price and availability--800-237-6077)

British 64-gun ship under fire from Fort Mifflin and Pennsylvania State Navy gunboats.

In October 1777 the British Royal Navy tried to force its way up the Delaware River to make contact with their army, then occupying Philadelphia. The State of Pennsylvania had organized a strong defense using underwater obstacles, shore forts, and a purpose-built gunboat navy. But on 23rd October it was misfortune that doomed the 64-gun battleship Augusta, which first ran aground off Fort Mifflin and then caught fire. During the morning this ship and the Merlin, similarly stranded, came under heavy attack from the shore batteries and from Commodore Hazlewood's galleys and guardboats. Despite frantic efforts to save her, the fire gained and the crew were forced to abandon ship, being rescued by ships including the 44-gun Roebuck (at left), which herself was badly damaged. At noon Augusta's magazine exploded, destroying this valuable vessel - the largest British warship lost in action in the whole course of the Revolutionary War. Though the Royal Navy subsequently reached Philadelphia, the protracted river fighting had so delayed British operations that the campaign of 1777 ground to a halt in winter. The delay would ultimately prove fatal to their cause, since the French entered the war before winter ended.

Geoff Hunt is best known for painting the covers of Patrick O'Brian novels, where his meticulous attention to historical detail serves him well. A member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, his work is found in the Royal Naval Museum, Royal Naval Submarine Museum, Mystic Maritime Gallery and private collections worldwide.

 

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