Neoclassical Plate Showing: Flagship of the French Fleet at Battle of the Nile

Neoclassical Plate Showing: Flagship of the French Fleet at Battle of the Nile

c. 1810 France

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France, c1810

A Vieux Paris plate of both Nelson and Napoleonic interest, showing the Orient which was an ocean class 118 gun ship of the line of the French Navy captured at the Battle of the Nile. Originally christened "Dauphin Royal" in 1795 she was renamed "Orient" in May 1795. The Orient was the flagship of the French fleet and carried Napoleon to the Battle of the Nile in August 1798. After receiving heavy fire from British warships she was set on fire and blew up killing most of the crew including the captain, Luc Julien Joseph Casablanca, and his young son. The Battle of the Nile was a great British victory. Thirteen out of seventeen French ships were captured, sunk or burned, leaving Napoleon, Emperor of France, stranded in Egypt. The battle reversed the strategic situation between the two nations' forces in the Mediterranean, and entrenched the Royal Navy in the dominant position it would retain for the next century. After Viscount Horatio Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar his coffin was carved from a piece of the main mast of Orient which had been taken back to England.
Excellent
Dimensions
Diameter 21.90 (8.62 inches)
Medium
Porcelain
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