Battle of the Chios Straits July 5th 1770

By Ivan Aivazovsky. 1848

This painting depicts the duel between the turkish flagship Real Mustafa (84 guns) and russian admiral Spiridov’s ship Svyatoy Evstafiy (68). During the boarding action the burning debris of the turkish ship set the russian flagship on fire and soon she blew up. The russian admiral escaped the explosion just minutes before. Ten minutes later Real Mustafa exploded too. The turkish squandron retreated to the Bay of Chesma only to be destroyed there in the next two days in what later to be called Battle of Chesma.

Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky dedicated a number of his works to this battle. This one was painted in 1848.