Creamware pottery mug commemorating the Battle of the Saintes in 1782

The mug depicts Admiral Rodney and Lord Hood on both sides and the French flag ship they captured, Villa (sic) De Paris.

She was taken at the Battle of the Saintes on 12 April 1782, when the British fleet under Admiral Sir George Rodney defeated the French fleet under the Comte de Grasse.

The ship did not live up to the motto of her namesake city, Fluctuat nec mergitur (LatinTossed by the waves, she does not sink), for she sank in September 1782 with other ships when a fleet led by Admiral Graves was hit by a hurricane off Newfoundland on the voyage back to England. Ville de Paris sank with the loss of all hands but one.

Height: 4¾”

Condition: Crack to the rim restored on the outside but left visible on the inside