"and so I was sent off to the West Indies"


West Indies Action
Public DomainWest Indies Action - Credit: Nicholas Pocock

Captain Wentworth, the last man to command the fictional Asp, was sent to the West Indies in 1806 and saw success fighting both privateers and a French frigate.

This painting, Duckworth's Action off San Domingo, 6 February 1806, depicts just such an encounter in the West Indies. Painted by maritime artist Nicholas Pocock, it captures the moment when the British ships, under Sir John Duckworth, are engaging the French.

For more on the British West Indies, see here.