“The boy stood on the burning deck.” Felicia Hemans' rather silly poem “Casabianca” is arguably the best-remembered piece about the consequential Battle of the Nile that left Napoleon’s Armée d'Orient marooned in Egypt and ended his dream of becoming a second Alexander the Great and conquering India with a bang. The bang, or more precisely, the explosion of the French flagship “L’Orient”, one of the largest and most powerful ships-of-the-line of the Age of Sail at the climax of the engagement, was indeed heard for decades to come, reverberated in silly poems, songs, dozens of spectacular seascapes and Nelsonian legend. But read more on:
Depicted below is Thomas Luny’s “Battle Of The Nile August 1st 1798 At 10pm“ (1834), capturing the dramatic end of “’L’Orient”.
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