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Pickle HMS 1827

Postby john sefton » Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:41 pm

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The Royal Navy schooner HMS Pickle, of 4 guns, was the smallest ship present at the Battle of Trafalgar, commanded by Lt. John Richard Lapenotiere. Since a single broadside from any of the ships of the line would have sunk her instantly, she spent most of the time staying out of the way, carrying messages, and later picking up survivors from the French ship Achille, which had caught fire and exploded.
The Pickle was also the first ship to bring the news of Nelson's victory to Great Britain, arriving at Falmouth on November 4, 1805. She had been chosen to carry the dispatches of Vice Admiral Collingwood who had taken over after the death of Nelson. After arriving in Falmouth Lapenotiere took a coach to London to deliver the dispatches to the Admiralty, he was promote dto Commodore for his efforts. To this day the Navy's petty officers[?] have an annual Pickle Night dinner, as do many private clubs in the British Commonwealth.
The ship was built in Bermuda, and was originally a civilian vessel named Sting. She struck a shoal at Cadiz and was lost in 1808.

HMS Pickle shown on this stamp was the third Pickle and was a schooner of 5 guns, launched in 1827. She was involved in the suppression of the slave trade, and achieved fame for capturing the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba on 5 June 1829. She was broken up in 1847.
All the web sites refer to the capture of VOLADORA although the stamp refers to BOLODORA.
Various web sites.
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Re: Pickle HMS 1827

Postby aukepalmhof » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:28 pm

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The painting after the stamp was designed:

On the morning of 5 June 1829, while cruising off the north-west coast of Cuba, HM Schooner PICKLE discovered a strange sail. This she stalked until she had interposed herself between the stranger and land. She closed in on her after nightfall. Action then commenced and after 80 minutes the slaver, as she proved, surrendered. She was the Spanish topsail schooner VOLADORA - though English references tend to use BOLODORA - with a crew of 60 of which 10 were killed. The ‘PICKLE’ had only half that number in her crew of which one was killed outright and three died later. The prize was taken to Havana with some difficulty as she had to be jury rigged and the prisoners were in the majority. They and the slaves were delivered to the Spanish governor. The painting shows the night scene with the event being lit by the flash of the guns and slightly by the moon seen low over the BOLODORA’s stern. In the right foreground she is shown broadside-on and flying the American flag. Her mainmast shot away, she is trailing rigging over the stern and her sails are much cut up. She is shown silhouetted against the gunfire and explosions as the fight continues with ‘PICKLE’ beyond her on the left. In the centre foreground is a boat full of people escaping from the action. The painting is based on a print by Edward Duncan after William John Huggins, published in 1831 (see PAG9091). This calls the slaver 'BOLODORA', though this painting was acquired in 1950 with the spelling 'BOLODORA. VOLADORA - the ship's Spanish name- can mean 'flying fish' or refer to a witch who could turn herself into a bird in the mythology of Chiloe (an island on the Chilean coast), either appropriate for a fast and elusive vessel. The artist, usually called John Moore of Ipswich was born in 1820 (and died in 1902), so it may be a considerably later version.

The painting is now in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, U.K. ... 12116.html
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