ORDE, After Lieutenant Thomas
The situation of His Mtys. Ship Blanche, of 32 Guns & 180 Men, & the French Frigate La Pique, of 40 Guns & 400 Men, at a quarter past 5 o'Clock in the Morning, about a quarter of an hour before the Pique surrendered, having been towed in that way near 3 hours and a half, and having made frequent attempts to board the Blanche without success
London: Published by Js. Bretherton, 1 January 1797. Hand-coloured aquatint by C. Rosenberg after Orde. Sheet size: 15 3/4 x 20 1/8 inches.
The second of a pair of images of the `longest and most determined engagement ever fought' (Parker)
`The Blanche frigate, Captain R. Faulknor, while off Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadaloupe, on... [4 January 1795], engaged the French frigate Pique. The fight having lasted an hour, the Pique fouled the Blanche , and the Frenchman made several attempts to board, but each time gallantly repulsed. Then the English sailors lashed the bowsprit of the Pique to the stump of the Blanche 's mainmast, and towed her before the wind. To bring more guns into play, part of the stern of the main deck of the Blanche was blown out, but it was not until the action had lasted seven hours... that the Pique surrendered.' (Parker p.111)
Cf. Parker 105b (pair of prints).