4 The attack on Carrickfergus by a French Privateer, 1760 109


Description: RASPE, Gabriel Nikolaus. [The attack on Carrickfergus by a French Privateer, 1760]
Plan der Gegend von Irrland, wo A.º 1760 den 18 Febr: der See Avanturier u. Capt. Thurot bey A. gelandet und Carikfergus eingenomen, auch bis Bellast vorgedrungen, den 27 Febr: aber von den Engellaendischen See Capitain Elliot entsezet, und Thurot mit seinen Fregatten geschlagen, wobey derselbe selbst durch einen Canon Schuss gebliebe. Nuremberg, Raspe, c.1760. Original colour. 225 x 370mm. Stitch holes in left margin.
A scarce map of Belfast Lough with a prospect of Carrickfergus Castle, illustrating the attack of the French privateer Captain Thurot in 1760, published in Raspe's 'Schau Platz des gegenwaertigen Kriegs' (Plates illustrating the Current Wars). Captain François Thurot (1727-70) was in times of peace a smuggler and in wartime a privateer. In both the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-8) and the Seven Years' War (1756-63) he terrorised British shipping: between May and September 1756 he is said to have captured or sunk sixty vessels. In 1759, with France planning to invade south west England, Thurot was sent out at the head of a fleet on a diversionary attack on Scotland and Ireland. Bad weather split the group but Thurot continued around the coast of Scotland to attack Carrickfergus Castle, more in search of food and winter clothing than for any strategic reason. He held the town for five days, threatened nearby Belfast (here named 'Bellast twice) and received ransoms and supplies. He left Carrickfergus Lough as soon as adverse winds allowed, but the Royal Navy now knew where he was, and frigates were sent after him. He was found near the Mull of Galloway and in the ensuing battle Thurot was killed, much to British relief. [«]
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