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The Burning of the 'Andrew' at the Battle of Scheveningen
1653
Willem van de Velde the Younger

The Burning of the 'Andrew' at the Battle of Scheveningen  1653 Willem van de Velde the Younger

The picture illustrates an incident from the Battle of Scheveningen (or Ter Heide) which took place between July 31 and August 10,1653 and formed the last engagement of the first Anglo-Dutch War (1652–1654). In the foreground, the Dutch fireship the Fortune is about to ram the Andrew, commanded by the English Rear-Admiral of the white squadron, Thomas Graves.

Fireships operated like floating bombs. They were crammed with combustible material and carried cannon rigged to explode simultaneously. The fireship would set course to intercept an enemy ship, the crew igniting the charges and abandoning ship at the last moment. Here the English crew escapes the impending danger in a rowboat on the left, while the crew of the Fortune escapes on the right.

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