This flag was raised by Captain John Paul Jones on the British frigate Serapis during the most famous Revolutionary naval battle.
After conducting sea raids on the coast of Britain, he took command in 1779 of a rebuilt French merchant ship, renamed the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard to honor Benjamin Franklin. On September 23, 1779, Jones engaged the British frigate Serapis in the North Sea, daringly sailing in close, lashing his vessel to the British ship, and fighting the battle at point-blank range. During the fight two of his cannon burst, and the British captain asked Jones if he was ready to surrender. Replied Jones: "Sir, I have not yet begun to fight." The American crew finally boarded the Serapis after the British had struck her colors, and from the deck of the Serapis they watched the U.S.S.Bonhomme Richard sink into the North Sea.
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The Maryland Society’s Semi-Annual meeting on 26 October 2019 will be held at our meeting place Union Jack’s British Pub located at 2072 Somerville Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Maryland Society Semi-Annual Meeting
For our Chapter Compatriots this is an excellent opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow Compatriots from Maryland. Please go to our Events Page for more information.
Compatriot Lou Raborg presents a fascinating discussion on the history of American coinage at our 22 June Chapter meeting.
Sam, Jennifer, Bethany, Emma, and MJ, of the Capt John Ward Veazey Society CAR, with Senior Leader Mike Kelley at the John Paul Jones Chapter SAR meeting in Annapolis.
Jennifer St. Thomas, Emma Weltz, and Bethany St.Thomas are presented with the SAR Outstanding Citizenship Award pin and certificate by Youth Programs Director Mike Kelley, in recognition of the highest ideals of character and citizenship for their work with the Capt. John Ward Veazey Society MD CAR and the Maryland Society Children of 1812.
John Paul Jones speaks to his ideal of what a truly outstanding Naval Officer should be and that would make up the New US Navy.
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