Remains of USS Bonhomme Richard found off Yorkshire coast

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Remains of USS Bonhomme Richard found off Yorkshire coast

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https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england- ... hire-coast

The remains of a famous American warship have been found off the coast of Filey in Yorkshire.

The USS Bonhomme Richard, which fought in the American War of Independence, was sunk in Flamborough Head in 1779.

The warship was captained by naval commander John Paul Jones.

Its location had been a mystery for decades, until it was found by land and sea search team Merlin Burrows recently.
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Bonhomme Richard was part of the Continental Navy. The United States did not exist yet. Therefore, she was not USS Bonhomme Richard, but just Bonhomme Richard.
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ORIGINAL: HudsonGame

Bonhomme Richard was part of the Continental Navy. The United States did not exist yet. Therefore, she was not USS Bonhomme Richard, but just Bonhomme Richard.

Bonhomme Richard was purchased by Louis XVI and put under the command of Jones. It never was truly an American vessel although it did sail with the USS Alliance (the only true American ship in the squadron although it had a French captain) and other French vessels.

The U.S. did indeed exist in 1779.
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It's not surprising it was found there. There is a pub in Filey called Bonhomme's. I've been wrecked there a few times.[:D]

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ORIGINAL: HudsonGame

Bonhomme Richard was part of the Continental Navy. The United States did not exist yet. Therefore, she was not USS Bonhomme Richard, but just Bonhomme Richard.

Googled First United States navy got this result: https://www.history.com/this-day-in-his ... aval-force

THIS DAY IN HISTORY
October 13



1775
Continental Congress authorizes first naval force





On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress authorizes construction and administration of the first American naval force—the precursor to the United States Navy.
Since the outbreak of open hostilities with the British in April, little consideration had been given to protection by sea until Congress received news that a British naval fleet was on its way. In November, the Continental Navy was formally organized, and on December 22, Esek Hopkins was appointed the first commander in chief of the Continental Navy. Congress also named four captains to the new service: Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham Whipple, Nicholas Biddle and John Burrows Hopkins. Their respective vessels, the 24-gun frigates Alfred and Columbus, the 14-gun brigs Andrew Doria and Cabot, as well as three schooners, the Hornet, the Wasp and the Fly, became the first ships of the Navy’s fleet. Five first lieutenants, including future American hero John Paul Jones, five second lieutenants and three third lieutenants also received their commissions.
Admiral Hopkins, as he was dubbed by George Washington, was first tasked with assessing the feasibility of an attack on British naval forces in the Chesapeake Bay. After sailing south with his meager force of eight ships, Hopkins decided that victory in such an encounter was impossible. He sailed to the Bahamas instead, where he attacked the British port of Nassau, a decision for which he was relieved of his command upon returning to the continent.
During the American Revolution, the Continental Navy successfully preyed on British merchant shipping and won several victories over British warships. This first naval force was disbanded after the war. What is now known as the United States Navy was formally established with the creation of the federal Department of the Navy in April 1798.
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In the video the guy at the end says "And of course it is the Holy Grail for the Americans"... and then they showed someone pouring stuff on the parts and I thought, perhaps illogically, "That's gasoline and he's going to torch it!!"
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