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the JMEWEST NAVY on all the high
They listened to John Paul Jones,
and he had HIS. way!
Sailing thp seas with all the as
surance of a commander with a great
navy, he struck terror into the hearts
of merchantmen, won medals for his
bravery, and carried out his deter
mination to make the world recog
nize the sea forces of
the i young
The finest feather in the cap of the
Commodore was his victory in the
great naval battle between his flag
ship, the Bon Homme Richard, and
the Serapis, British vessel.
Jones' small squadron was lying a
few leagues north of the Humber
river when the Commodore sudden
ly spied the Baltic fleet of 40 mer
chantmen, convoyed by the 44-gun
Serapis and the Countess of Scarbor
ough, with 22 guns.
He saw his chance and gave the or
der to follow!
Then, at 7 o'clock on the evening
of Sept. 23, 1779, one of the most
desperate sea fights ever recorded
The British ship was Commanded
by Captain Pearson.
The Bon Homme Franklin, named
after Benjamin Franklin, was in
charge of Commodore Jones.
There was very little light. Both
commanders were determined to get
the advantage. Running up to such
close range that their spars and rig
gings became entangled, the two
ships looked like a solid mass of steel
and wood honeycombed with human
Jones saw the possibility of the
situation withvhis quick, keen Scotch
foresight. He made a desperate at
tempt to board his antagonist!
There was a short, steady, daring
contest with pike, pistol and cutlass,
and then the vessels cautiously and
They were soon broadside to
broadside with the muzzles of their
guns touching each other!
The conflict was terrible!
The smoke was stifling!
The boom! boom! of the guns was
And both ships were nearly shat
tered to smithereens with shot and
At one time, so fierce became the
onslaught of Commodore Jones, the
Serapis caught on fire, in a dozen
places at once and seemed as if it
must biirn and sink within the hour!
Just as the moon rose over the
fiery combat the Bon Homme Rich
ard took fire, too, Jones saw that his
ship was in such a dreadful condition
it could not stay afloat much longer.
But he was "game and he meant to
win-the great naval battle whatever
the cost. (
He thought like lightning and
acted just as fast!
"Hand to hand combat,'' he
His voice carried above the din.
His men followed him. Bayonets and
guns and pistols and spears were all
brought into play!
All this time the flames were creep
ing up the mainmast of the Serapis.
By the light of this fire Jones could
see thatone of his shot had split the
Serapis'mainmast He took a chance
and fired -another, cutting it almost'
Capt. Pearson saw the danger and
hauled down his flag!
J John Paul Jones had fulfilled his
wish to ma,ke' the foreign powers rec-,
'ognize the handful of ships which,
were the REAL beginning of the
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