I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight: A Story About John Paul Jones by Elaine Marie Alphin

By Elaine Marie Alphin

The daddy of the U.S. military, John Paul Jones spent so much of his lifetime attempting to turn out his principles approximately naval strategies and coaching. Born in Scotland, he selected a lifetime of experience as a sea captain. He commanded shipment ships ahead of settling in the US and changing into an officer within the newly shaped Continental military. via endurance, education, and sheer nerve, Jones fought opposed to the bold British army and helped the USA win its freedom.

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John called for more grappling irons to pull the ships closer together. He ordered his men to board the Serapis, but they were beaten back. Next he 52 ordered his remaining deck guns to f ire on the Serapis’s masts. And he had the men in the rigging throw grenades and shoot their muskets, chasing the British from the upper deck. Then the French ships reappeared. The Pallas engaged the Scarborough and signaled to the Alliance for help, but Captain Landais had other plans. Ignoring his own countrymen, he sailed up to the Serapis and the Richard—and opened f ire on the Richard!

But that didn’t improve their relationship. John still faced French resentment. Refusing to give up, he sailed the Bonhomme Richard back to sea, forcing his f leet to follow. No matter how many times he had to prove his worth, John was determined that his men would esteem him enough to follow his command willingly. 49 6 “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight” In September John’s Bonhomme Richard led the Alliance, Pallas, and Vengeance on a raid against the city of Leith, Scotland. Heavy winds prevented the squadron from landing, but its presence upset people.

Warships were built strong enough to carry heavy cannons yet sleek enough for quick steering. In order of size, the warships that John Paul Jones commanded included: 60 sloop: a very small ship with triangular sails hung from one mast. Sloops carried ten to twenty cannons. brig: a small ship with rectangular sails hung from two masts. Brigs carried f ifteen to thir ty cannons. frigate: a fast, larger warship with rectangular sails hung from three masts. Frigates carried thir ty to fifty cannons.

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