The Bonhomme Richard Sailing Ship Model-captain John Paul Jones-sank 1779
Posted on: January 28, 2021 /
Was a warship in the. She was placed at the disposal of. On 4 February 1779, by King. Louis XVI of France. As a result of a loan to the United States. On 23 September 1779, the squadron, led by John Paul Jones, encountered the Baltic Fleet of 41 sail under convoy of HMS Serapis. Bonhomme Richard and Serapis entered a bitter engagement at about 6:00 p. The battle continued for the next four hours, costing the lives of nearly half of the American and British crews. British victory seemed inevitable, as the more heavily armed Serapis used its firepower to rake Bonhomme Richard with devastating effect. The commander of Serapis finally called on Jones to surrender. He replied, Sir, I have not yet begun to fight! Jones eventually managed to lash the ships together, nullifying his opponent’s greater maneuverability and allowing him to take advantage of the larger size and considerably more numerous crew of Bonhomme Richard. An attempt by the Americans to board Serapis was repulsed, as was an attempt by the British to board Bonhomme Richard. Finally, after another of Jones’s ships joined the fight, the British captain was forced to surrender at about 10:30 p. Bonhomme Richard shattered, on fire, leaking badly defied all efforts to save her and sank about 36 hours later at 11:00 a. On 25 September 1779. Jones sailed the captured Serapis to the Dutch United Provinces. Though Bonhomme Richard sank after the battle, the battle’s outcome was one of the factors that convinced the French crown to back the colonies in their fight to become independent of British authority. The model is in good condition, no breaks, chips or cracks. There are some scratches along the base. The piece needs a thorough gentle cleaning. The item “THE BONHOMME RICHARD SAILING SHIP MODEL-CAPTAIN JOHN PAUL JONES-SANK 1779″ is in sale since Saturday, September 26, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Transportation\Boats & Ships\Military\Models”. The seller is “tryontreasures” and is located in Tryon, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.
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