The Search for Bonhomme Richard,
Flagship of John Paul Jones

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On September 23, 1779 one of the fiercest battles of the Revolutionary War took place off the coast of Flamborough Head, England between Bonhomme Richard and H.M.S. Serapis. Bonhomme Richard was captained by John Paul Jones who is often considered the father of the United States Navy.  The battle between the two ships took place at point-blank range and lasted almost three and a half hours. John Paul Jones emerged from the battle victorious and captured Serapis as his prize. Thirty-six hours after taking command of Serapis, John Paul Jones watched his beloved Bonhomme Richard sink into the North Sea.  It was during this battle that John Paul Jones' legendary words, "I have not yet begun to fight!" were recorded in American history.
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