Defence of Captain Pearson in 'Serapis', 23 September 1779

This print shows one of John Paul Jones’s most famous exploits. Jones undertook a series of audacious raids along the British coast. On 23 September 1779, while commanding the frigate ‘Bonhomme Richard’, Jones boarded and captured the British warship ‘Serapis’ during an attack on a Baltic convoy. The captain of the ‘Serapis’ was knighted for allowing the convoy to escape.

Object Details

ID: PAG8868
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Peltro, John; Harris, John Harris, John Dodd, Robert
Date made: 1 Dec 1781
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; War and Conflict
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Mount: 485 mm x 636 mm;Sheet: 425 mm x 563 mm

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