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John Paul Jones

The Battle of Flamborough Head (part p)

Description:

The Battle of Flamborough Head has been described as "a naval combat the like of which has never been fought before or since".  At 10.30am on Saturday 25th September, 1779, Bon Homme Richard sank.  Out of a crew of 322 at the start of the battle, more than 150 were killed or seriously wounded.  HMS Serapis was a wreck.  Of her crew of 284, more than 130 lay dead or seriously wounded.

 

Nathaniel Fanning died of yellow fever while on active duty at the U.S. naval station at Charleston, South Carolina, on 30th September, 1805, aged 50 years.  Bonne Homme Richard lies with all stores and guns at the bottom of the North Sea in 200 feet of water, close to the cliffs of Flambourough Head.  Sometimes fishermen catch their lines and nets on her and once a swivel mounted blunderbuss was brought up.  She was located in 1980.

Source:
John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum
Accession number:
056a
Digital Number:
JPFA039n
Copyright:
John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum Trust