Romance by Cooper, published in 1823. The unnamed hero is supposed to represent John Paul Jones.
During the Revolutionary War, the American schooner Ariel and an unnamed frigate, captained by a mysterious Pilot, appear off the coast of England near the residence of Colonel Howard, an expatriated South Carolina Loyalist. The mission of the Americans is to capture prominent Englishmen, in order to force a modification of British impressment, and they decide to raid the guarded Howard residence. In the attempt, the Pilot and others are captured, but make their escape despite the precautions of villainous Christopher Dillon, a suitor of one of Col. Howard's nieces who are also loved by Lieutenants Griffiths and Barnstable, officers aboard the Ariel. Long Tom Coffin, a daring old salt, is sent with the captured Dillon, who tries unsuccessfully to escape before the Ariel is wrecked in a storm. Meanwhile the Howards have been captured, and in a fierce battle with British warships, the frigate escapes through the shoal waters. Colonel Howard has been wounded, but before he dies he surrenders to the inevitability of American victory in the war, and permits the marriage of his nieces with the officers. The Pilot goes to Holland, while his ship sails for America.
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James Fenimore Cooper (1789—1851) American novelist