"Revolutionary America! 1763-1789 April 20-November 3, 2002

The Continental Navy

Father of the American Navy--John Paul Jones

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In this photo:
MUSKET used by John Paul Jones on the Bonhomme Richard during the battle with the Serapis, and presented by Jones to Benjamin Franklin (the ship's namesake)
  On loan from the collection of:
    --Georgia Historical Society, Atlanta GA
POWDER HORN engraved with the earliest depiction of the Stars and Stripes flying on U.S. frigate Augustus Sunders, 1777
    --Claude and Jeanne Harkins
PLASTER CAST of the face of John Paul Jones, after the statue by Jean Antoine Houdon
    --Virginia Historical Society, Richmond VA
REPRODUCTIONS include ARTWORK depicting a typical naval engagement of the 1700s, a 1778 INSURANCE CERTIFICATE for the General Putnam, two PORTRAITS of John Paul Jones, a PAINTING of the battle between the Serapis and the Bonhomme Richard, and the FLAG flown on the HMS Serapis
    --Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park NY
--Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch IA

Father of the American Navy
"I have not yet begun to fight!"

Born in Scotland, seaman John Paul added the name Jones after killing a mutinous sailor and escaping to America. He joined the Continental Navy and sailed to the British Isles where his seizures of merchant ships won him worldwide fame.

In mid-August 1779 as captain of the Bonhomme Richard (Benjamin Franklin's French nickname), Jones squared up against the British frigate HMS Serapis in one of the hardest-fought battles in naval history. After the Richard's cannons exploded and began to sink, Jones lashed the two ships together and fought for three more hours until the British surrendered.


A Confederation
The Continental Navy
  Father of the Navy--John Paul Jones (You are here)
Fate of America
  Commander-In-Chief, George Washington
  Official Flag


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