Event Summary

The defeat of HMS Serapis by the Bonhomme Richard


September 23, 1779


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.



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,