Frame Size: 28" x 38"
Size: 20" x 30"

"HMS Shannon captures USS Chesapeake" SOLD

by James Hardy lll (British b. 1937)

Oil on board


Description: The U.S. Frigate Chesapeake had returned to Boston on April 9, 1813 after repealing British commercial shipping. While in port she was refitted and a newly promoted Captain James Lawrence was appointed her command. In addition, a large percentage of officers and crew were replaced with a newly enlisted crew.

Far before the new crew members were properly trained as a fighting unit, the HMS Shannon had taken a blockading position off the Boston coast.

Captain Philip Broke had commanded the Shannon for seven years and his crew was well schooled in the art of naval combat. 

USS Chesapeake left Boston Harbor in the early afternoon of June 1, 1813  to confront HMS Shannon.

The two ships were equal in size and guns, and the American crew slightly outnumbered the British.

The Chesapeake approached the Shannon flying a flag proclaiming “Free Trade and Sailors Rights”, the prewar grievances against the British.

Captain Lawrence passed up an opportunity to rake the Shannon and instead placed his port side against the Shannon’s starboard Battery. A little before 6:00 PM both ships opened fire, with both scoring hits. The British guns did far more damage and produced devastating casualties on Chesapeake’s quarterdeck. Captain Lawrence was mortally wounded, and when taken below, gave the order, “Don’t Give Up the Ship”.

Out of control, the American ship came together with the Shannon. Captain Broke led the boarding party onto the Chesapeake, and met heavy but disorganized resistance. Assisted by cannon fire from the Shannon, the British soon gained control of the Chesapeake. Captain Broke was seriously wounded in the battle, but within fifteen minutes of boarding, the British had control of the American vessel.

Artist Profile: James Hardy lll is a British artist, born in 1937, who shows explicit detail in his marine paintings. He has had numerous works commissioned by many marine art collectors. His works are considered an excellent investment as they will continue to appreciate in value.


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