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The British Surrendered - September 23

  • 2018 23 Sep
The British Surrendered - September 23


"I have not yet begun to fight!" shouted John Paul Jones when the captain of the British ship Serapis asked if he was ready to surrender. Their ships were so close their cannon muzzles scraped and masts entangled, yet the American ship Bonhomme Richard, named for Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac, refused to give up. When two of his cannons exploded and his ship began sinking, John Paul Jones lashed his ship to the enemy's to keep it afloat. After 3 more hours of fighting, the British surrendered. This was SEPTEMBER 23, 1779. Called the "Father of the American Navy," John Paul Jones commanded the Continental Navy's first ship, Providence, in 1775. With 12 guns, it was the most victorious American vessel in the Revolution, capturing or sinking 40 British ships. In 1778, sailing the ship Ranger, Jones raided the coasts of Scotland and England. In 1788, John Paul Jones fought successfully for Russia's Empress Catherine the Great in repulsing Muslim Ottoman Turks on the Black Sea. On February 13, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote: "The remains of Admiral John Paul Jones were interred in a certain piece of ground in the city of a burial place for foreign Protestants...The great service done by him toward the achievement of independence...lead me proper honor to the memory of John Paul Jones."