Photo #: 80-G-K-9451 (color)
Action between U.S. Frigate Constitution and HMS Java, 29 December 1812
Painting in oils by Charles Robert Patterson.
It depicts Constitution (at left), commanded by Captain William Bainbridge, exchanging broadsides with the British Frigate Java off Brazil early in the action. During nearly two hours of battle, Java was dismasted and had to surrender. Her damage was so severe that she had to be burned.
Photographed in 1948, when the original painting was hanging on board the Presidential Yacht Williamsburg (AGC-369).
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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This "Hi-Res" JPG image has been cleaned to mitigate dust and other significant imaging flaws. Details of the original painting are unchanged.
Image posted 6 March 2009