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John Paul Jones

(1747—1792) naval officer in the American and Russian services


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(1747–92)

Scottish‐born American naval officer. In 1775 he joined the American Continental Navy and carried out a daring series of attacks on shipping in British waters, his best‐known exploit being his engagement and sinking of the naval frigate Serapis while in command of the Bonhomme Richard (1779). In 1788 he joined the Russian navy as a rear‐admiral.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.


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