Large English Sailor's Woolwork Picture of The Battle of Bomarsund with British and Russian Fleets.
The large chain-stitched woolie is unusual in several respects. It depicts eight ships, it is bright and the subject matter with a detailed landscape in the background is rare. A fleet left Spithead for the Baltic Sea to trap the Russian Fleet before war was officially declared.
The scene depicted is a sea battle from the Baltic part of the Crimea War.
The woolie depicts five British naval vessels from the white and red fleets pursuing three Russian ships off the Russian coast. A Russian fort flying the Russian Naval flag is in the middle ground at the head of an inlet with a large number of cannon firing on the British. Below a windy sky with the clouds pushed across it are fields and trees depicted in yellows and browns.
While operations during the Crimea War were centered in the Crimea, they were prosecuted outside that Peninsula. In the Baltic Sea there were 27 Russian ships of the line at large. In order to prevent a Russian break out into the North Sea, the Admiralty brought together a scratch force to contain the Russians within the Baltic. The command of this first division of the Baltic Fleet was given to Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Napier. His task was to drum up naval recruits where he could find them and train them as quickly as possible. Queen Victoria reviewed Napier's fleet at Spithead, near Portsmouth, shortly before it set sail.
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|Measurements||21 1/2 inches x 30 1/4 inches|
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