Bonhomme Richard vs Serapis: Flamborough Head 1779

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Osprey Publishing, Jul 20, 2012 - History - 80 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
4
CHRONOLOGY
8
DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
10
THE STRATEGIC SITUATION
24
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
29
THE COMBATANTS
38
COMBAT
50
STATISTICS AND ANALYSIS
69
AFTERMATH AND CONCLUSION
75
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND FURTHER READING
78
INDEX
80
IMPRINT
81
BACK COVER
82
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but spent his early career at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeler, Mark Lardas is currently working in League City, Texas. He has written extensively about modeling as well as naval, maritime, and military history.

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