Event Summary

The defeat of HMS Serapis by the Bonhomme Richard

Date

September 23, 1779

Description

The defeat of HMS Serapis by the French-provided American frigate Bonhomme Richard in which captain John Paul Jones declared in response to the British captain's query as to whether he was asking for quarter, "I have not yet begun to fight"; victory hastened by a well-timed grenade tossed by Jones's secretary, Edward Fanning; two days later the damaged Bonhomme Richard sank.

Lecture

Navy/Warfare

Timeline 1

The Revolutionary Atlantic, 1750-1815

Timeline 2

American Navy and Naval Warfare, 1775-1865

Related People

Jones, John Paul

Related Vessels

Bonhomme Richard,