Captured English Ships after the Four Days’ Battle, Willem van de Velde (II), c. 1666

Captured English Ships after the Four Days’ Battle, Willem van de Velde (II), c. 1666

oil on canvas, h 58cm × w 81cm. More details

Battered English and Dutch ships lie in Goeree Gat after the indecisive engagement known as the Four Days’ Battle (11–14 June 1666). In the foreground is the captured warship the Swiftsure, with the English royal arms on its counter. Its bowsprit, foremast and main mast have been splintered by cannon fire; the English flag droops off its stern. At the far right is the Hollandia, the heavily damaged ship of Cornelis Tromp.

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