Bronze Bust Of John Paul Jones
National Museum Of The U.S. Navy, Washington, District Of Columbia
Creator: Jean Houdin
Content Description: Captain John Paul Jones gained prominence in the Continental Navy's Alfred and Providence in 1776. Sailing off Nova Scotia, he captured over fifteen vessels, including the heavily armed Mellish. After the French Alliance enabled the Navy to strike at the British Isles, Jones, in Ranger and Bonhomme Richard, raided enemy ports, captured numerous merchantmen, and achieved the most celebrated naval victory of the war. Encountering a Baltic convoy, Bonhomme Richard engaged and captured the escort, HMS Serapis, in a bloody duel during which Jones retorted to the suggestion that he surrender his sinking ship, "I have not yet begun to fight!"