The Capture of the Alcmène by the HMS Proserpine.
Scarce French copper engraving showing a naval engagement between a French and English Frigate in 1779, during the American Revolution.
The engraving delightfully shows the two ships doing battle, with the English HMS Proserpine on the left and the French Alcmène on the right. Smoke from cannon fire is seen throughout, and both ships have tattered sails.
The Alcmène, a 26-cannon frigate, was the lead ship of her class in the French Navy. She served in the American Revolutionary War and was involved in the blockade of Rhode Island. She would be captured in 1779 by the HMS Proserpine, near Martinique, after she had to dump most of her guns overboard during a storm. She was then reclassed as the HMS Alcmene.
The Proserpine was a 28-gun ship, not quite the 70-gun vessel suggested on the engraving.