Derek G M Gardner , RSMA
AGAMEMNON, 3rd Rate, 64 Guns
Watercolour 9¼ x 14 inches
Exhibited: Polak Gallery 1975
There is an inscription with the painting in the artist's hand:
Built at Buckler's Hard, Hampshire and launched in 1781.
Nelson was appointed to command her when war with France broke out in February 1793. He remained in her until May 1796 when, having been appointed Commodor two months earlier in March, he transferred his pendant to the "Captain", 74.
He called her his favourite ship and she was renowned for her sailing qualities. When Nelson commanded her she was almost continuously at sea in the Mediterranean and took part in several important actions. Her battle honours were: The Saintes 1782, Toulon 1793, Genoa 1795, Copenhagen 1801, Calder's action 1805, Trafalgar, 1805, San Domingo 1806. She was wrecked in 1809 in the River Plate.
DGM Gardner RSMA 1975