Duel 44 Bonhomme Richard vs Serapis. Flamborough Head 1779. Pb 9781849087858

  • Bonhomme Richard vs Serapis. Flamborough Head 1779. Duel 44
  • Author: Mark Lardas. Illustrators: Peter Bull, Giuseppe Rava
  • Paperback; July 2012; 80 pages.
The clash between the American Bonhomme Richard and the British HMS Serapis during the American Revolutionary War is perhaps the most famous single-ship duel in history. This epic battle between two very similar ships – and crews – off the coast of Britain in September 1779 created two naval heroes: in victory, John Paul Jones became a figure that all future American naval officers would aspire to emulate, while Richard Pearson, in defeat, became a hero to the British for a tenacious defence that allowed the merchant vessels under his protection to escape. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork, this is the story of an epic maritime clash at the height of the Revolutionary War that provided a founding legend for generations of US naval officers and demonstrated the intrepidity and fighting prowess of the fledgling US Navy.
  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • The Strategic Situation
  • Technical Specifications
  • The Combatants
  • Combat
  • Statistics and Analysis
  • Aftermath
  • Bibliography