From Geoff Hunt’s spectacular series of prints depicting dramatic naval actions associated with the War of Independence and the War of 1812. Speedy was a 14 Gun Brig. Famous for her action against the vastly superior Gamo under Lord Cochrane’s command, Speedy had an extremely active career in the Mediterranean. Much of this involved shore raids and boat work, as suggested in this scene. Patrick O’Brian based much of the story of Jack Aubrey’s beloved Sophie on the exploits of Speedy.

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