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  • AN EPIC SEA BATTLE OFF BOSTON HARBOUR REMEMBERED AT BONHAMS

    Steven Dews painting to commemorate an epic sea battle 200 years on. (Click on image to enlarge).

    A painting of the epic sea battle between H.M.S. Shannon and the U.S.S. Chesapeake during the Anglo-American War of 1812-14 will come up at Bonhams in London 200 years after the event next April. The renowned naval encounter occurred in 1813 after Captain Philip Broke of H.M.S. Shannon came upon the Chesapeake refitting in Boston Harbour and challenged her to come out and fight. Captain James Lawrence brought Chesapeake out into the open sea and after a furious annihilating action lasting just fifteen minutes, was forced to surrender.
    After firing two devastating broadsides Broke led his boarding party onto Chesapeake but was so badly wounded that he had to relinquish his command. Casualties on both sides were extraordinarily high – 48 Americans, including Captain Lawrence, were killed and 96 wounded whilst Shannon suffered 33 dead and 50 wounded. Captain Broke survived to be rewarded with a baronetcy although he never recovered sufficiently to be able to return to active service.
    The oil painting in which the British artist John Steven Dews (born 1949) celebrates the bi-centenary of the battle is estimated to make £60,000-80,000 at Bonhams Marine sale on April 24, 2013 in London. Dews is Britain’s most sought after living marine artist.

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