Tag Archives: John Paul Jones

Will the Tallship Providence Sail to Alexandria?

I had kind of lost track of the replica Revolutionary War sloop Providence. In January 2015, she was blown off her jackstands by blizzard winds while on the hard in Newport, RI, incurring significant damage to her hull and rigging. … Continue reading

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Captain John Barry — the Other Father of the US Navy

This seems like a good day to celebrate birthdays.  A repost from two years ago. Happy birthday to Commodore John Barry, born on this day in 1745, in Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland.  He is considered by many to be the “father of … Continue reading

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Today in History – The Second Burial of John Paul Jones

On April 24, 1906, John Paul Jones was buried for the second time.  His first burial, on July 20, 1792, in a graveyard outside the walls of Paris, was attended by a servant and few loyal friends and soldiers. Paul Jones’ longtime friend Gouverneur Morris, American … Continue reading

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Sloop Providence Sails Again

Great news. The Sloop Providence, replica of the American Revolutionary sloop of the same name is sailing again after being laid up for 3 1/2 years.   She was purchased last year from the City of Providence by boat builder … Continue reading

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The Search for the Bonhomme Richard

The Ocean Technology Foundation has been searching for John Paul Jones’  famous flagship, the Bonhomme Richard for the last five years.  They now believe that they are closing in on the wreck. On this year’s expedition both the US and French Navies are joining … Continue reading

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Digging into the Archives – Logs of the Serapis and Elegiac Epistles on the Calamities of Love and War

In honor of John Paul Jones’ victory in the Battle of Flamborough Head where he captured HMS Serapis on this day 230 years ago, we offer two works from the archives. (For those who have not yet discovered it, the Internet … Continue reading

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John Paul Jones and the Bonhomme Richard, 230 years ago today

I have always been a John Paul Jones sceptic.   Was he a great naval leader or merely a prima dona?  Was he so difficult a personality that he was never an effective leader?   He was at the very least a … Continue reading

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