Original Item: Only One Available. This is a truly magnificent sea chest in a pale brown/tan color, brass mounted, measuring 31 inches wide, 18 inches deep and 20 inches tall. Complete with original rope handles on either end. Note one rope handle has now been broken, but should be able to be mended.
Brass nameplate on center of lid reads:
CAPT. WM.PROWSE, H.M.S. SIRIUS, 1802
The whole in spectacular condition and ready to display.
Captain William Prowse, born 1752, joined the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman and retired as a Rear-Admiral. He died in 1826. Saw service in many Ships and many Battles including: The Battle of Grenada, The Battle of Martinique, the Glorious First of June, The Battle of Cape Vincent, The Battle Cape Finistere and the Battle of Trafalgar whilst under Captain Prowse's command.
H.M.S. Sirius was a 36 gun Frigate launched in 1797 and saw service mostly blockading Napoleonic Europe. In 1802 Captain Prowse took command that lasted until 1806 and included the engagement at Trafalgar. H.M.S. Sirius was lost in 1810 when her crew scuttled her during the Battle of Grand Port in the Indian Ocean, one of the very few Naval Battles the French won during the Napoleonic Wars.
Printed Internet research is included with this wonderful chest.