“The surrender of the Royal Prince “
Oil on canvas 150 cm by 240 cm , 2016/2017 .
By ; marine artist Jan de Quelery .
In June 1666 , the Dutch and English fleets fought a ferocious battle on the Southern Nort sea called “The 4 Days Sea Battle”.
On Whitsun morning ,13 June van Nes formed a front line , with the intention of continuing the pursuit of the English . Tromp was on the right flank and Banckert on the left . De Ruyter returned to the scene of the battle in the afternoon to take over command . Shortly after, Rupert led an auxiliary squadron from the south-west as reinforcement for Monck . In their haste to join them , The “Royal Charles “ the “Royal Katherine” and the “Royal Prince” got stuck on the Galloper sand bank . The first two were able to free themselves , but the “Royal Prince” , under the command of George Ayscue , could not more. Ayscue had no choice but to surrender to Cornelis Tromp and Isaac Sweers and was taken prisoner . De Ruyter then set fire to the “Royal Prince” to prevent her falling back into the hands of the enemy. This infuriated Tromp, who could only stand and watch as what he considered to be a valuable prize went up in smoke.
With an eye for detail and sense of drama, Jan de Quelery portrayed the moment when the English flagship “Royal Prince” ran aground on the sand bank , left of her Tromp with his ship “Gouda” .
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