You need to upgrade your Flash Player to view this site properly. Please visit to install.

Liberty Archive

Liberty Archive - Who Liberty Archive - What Liberty Archive - Where

Parents & Teachers
Fun & Games

Behind the Scenes

Liberty Archive

Now & Then


Liberty News

Back to the Who


With his ship the Bonhomme Richard - named after Benjamin Franklin - he defeated the bigger and better equipped British Serapis.

Early in 1779, the French King gave Jones a ship which Jones repaired and renamed Bonhomme Richard in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Commanding four other ships and two French privateers, he sailed 14 August 1779 to raid English ships along the coast of England and Scotland.

On 23 September 1779, his ship fired upon the HMS Serapis. Battling throughout the night, it seemed as though Captain Jones would lose the battle since his ship was sinking. Yet he defeated the bigger and better equipped British Serapis.

His response to the command to surrender, "I have not yet begun to fight," has become a famous Navy slogan representing heroism in the face of defeat.

He is often called the Father of the American Navy.

John Paul Jones

Related Items

Benjamin Franklin

Click Here For A Larger Picture Liberty's Kids The Incredible World of DIC Entertainment