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HMS Royal Prince and other vessels at the Four Days' Fight, 1-4 June 1666.

HMS Royal Prince and other vessels at the Four Days' Fight, 1-4 June 1666.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: BHC0286
Description: The battle was one of several naval engagements in the North Sea during the Second Dutch War of 1665-67. In this incident the Duke of Albermarle, as Admiral of the Fleet, attacked the whole Dutch fleet with only part of the English fleet. Prominent in the foreground to the left is the stern of Lieutenant-Admiral Michiel de Ruyter's ship 'De Zeven Provincien', 80 guns, flying the Dutch flag from the main mast together with her squadron pennant. On the right, the English flagship 'the Royal Prince', 85 guns, under the command of Admiral Sir George Ayscue, is shown grounded on a sandbank. She has surrendered and is flying a white flag at the main. 'De Zeven Provincien' and 'the Royal Prince' release clouds of white smoke as they fire their guns. Between them is 'the Royal Charles', 86 guns, under the command of Admiral George Monck, her main mast severed and jutting out precariously. Numerous Dutch ships wearing the tricolour can be seen on the left. The third ship from the left is the 'Eendracht', 80 guns, under Captain Aert van Nes, and the one behind the vessel farthest left is the 'Reiger'. The vessel with the broken mast on the far left is the 'Swiftsure', 64 guns, under Captain Sir William Berkeley.
Creator: Abraham Storck
Date: c. 1666
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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