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HM 'Looe' Approaching Looe Island, c.1740

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: The Looe Guildhall Collection

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HM frigate 'Looe', 44 guns, was built on private contract at Limehouse, London, was launched in December 1741 and entered service in early 1742. Early in the morning of 5 February 1744, while engaged in anti-Spanish operations in the Florida keys, she ran onto a reef off the island since then known as Looe Key. Before the crew escaped in boats and another vessel, they set 'Looe' on fire to avoid capture.

Looe Guildhall

East Looe




oil on canvas


H 61 x W 71 cm

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Looe Guildhall

Fore Street, East Looe, Cornwall PL13 1AA England

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