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In the American Grain - Battle Between the Bon Homme Richard and the Serapis Summary & Analysis

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Battle Between the Bon Homme Richard and the Serapis Summary

In the voice of John Paul Jones, Williams writes to Benjamin Franklin, narrating the battle he fought and detailing the events that led to his overtaking the ship the Serapis. He writes from on board the Serapis, and tells how he began with four of his own ships, supplied with 120 guns, as well as with two private dispatches, setting out at daybreak on the 14th of August, 1779 from the Road of Groaix. Naval commander Jones describes the weather conditions, which were sometimes calm but also often stormy, with thick weather, severe winds, and rough rains threatening their welfare. Jones writes about how they "spoke" to another ship, and then, on the 14th, how in Ireland, they came upon a ship and its boats. The Fortuned was the first boat...

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