The Battle of Pacocha'; Action between HMS 'Shah' and 'Ameth
Engraving showing the battle between HMS 'Shah' and 'Amethyst' and the Peruvian Ironclad turret ship 'Huascar' on the 29th May 1877. The 'Huascar' had been taken over by some Peruvian revolutionaries and declared a 'pirate' by the Peruvian government. The 'Shah' and 'Amethyst' were ordered to protect British Merchant Shipping and after the 'Huascar' had stopped several British merchant ships, the Royal Navy decided to hunt down the 'Huascar'. In the action depicted, the 70 guns of the British ships were unable to do much damage to the 'Huascar' as she was an heavily-built ironclad. In return the gunnery crew of the 'Huascar' was not well drilled enough to hit the British ships much. In desperation the 'Shah' launched a Whitehead torpedo at the 'Huascar', but the Peruvian ship was able to dodge it with some ease. The battle became a stalemate and the two sides slipped away after the fall of darkness. Reputedly this was the last action by a wooden warship, firing a broadside of muzzle-loading guns and the first use of a torpedo in anger.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
A Damsel in Distress by Ian Hay and P.G. Wodehouse
A Damsel in Distress by Ian Hay (17 April 1876 22 September 1952) and P.G. Wodehouse (15 October 1881 14 February 1975) , based on Wodehouses novel written in 1919. First produced at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool on 6th August and the New Theatre on 13th August 1928. The image is reproduced in David A. Jason, The Theatre of P.G. Wodehouse (1979) between pp. 22 & 23. The play is described as The first and most successful of P.G. W.s staged novels. Date: 1928
© The Michael Diamond Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library
Magical wand. Egypt
Magical wand of ivory of hippopotamus tusk with images depicting deities and protective spirits to ward off evil spirits. To provide magical protection for mother and child. 1750 BC. 12th Dynasty. Middle Kingdom. From Thebes. British Museum. London. United Kingdom.
© Thaliastock / Mary Evans
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