The Battle of Flamborough Head, an eye witness account of the battle of Flamborough Head by John Paul Jones's Midshipman Nathaniel Fanning of Conneticut (part m)

The captain of the Serapis now came aboard of our ship and enquired for Captain Jones. The two captains now withdrew into the cabin and there drank a glass or two of wine together.  Both ships were now separated from each other, and were mere wrecks; the Serapis' three masts having nothing to support them, fell overboard with all the sails, tops, rigging, etc, belonging to them, making a hideous noise in the water.  They had been shot off by our guns in the early part of the action.  Our pumps had been kept going without any intermission for about two hours, and still the water in the ship's hold increased fast.  The ship had received several shots in her bottom so low that it was impossible to find means to stop them up, so that it was reduced to a certainty that she must sink in a short time.
Object no :
JPFA032n, JPFA033n
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Creator :
Ian Alasdair Rodgers
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watercolour on paper
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Accession number :
045c; 047b
Copyright :
John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum Trust

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