On the left, British commander Richard Pearson is the leader of the frigate "Serapis". To the right, is John Paul Jones, also known as the father of the U.S. Navy. He is the captain of the American ship "Bonhomme Richard".
While out at sea on the East Coast of Britain, the American Naval ship "Bonhomme Richard" encountered the British merchant ship the "Serapis". The Americans wanted to stop the British from getting imported resources, so they decided to attack the ship.
The battle lasted three and a half hours, on September 23, 1779. In this battle, the British soldiers taunted John Paul Jones and his crew within the first hour, saying they should just surrender already since they were going to lose. In response, John Paul Jones exclaimed the famous line, "I have not yet begun to fight!"
Give it up for John Paul Jones everybody! Huge revolution guy.
Both sides lost a couple hundred men. The American naval ship of John Paul Jones took victory over the British Serapis. By the end of the battle, the American ship "Bonhomme Richard" was destroyed and sunken, and John Paul Jones and his men took over the Serapis in victory.
This became a huge notable American naval success. Although Captain Jones and his crew lost their ship, as well as several men, they successfully took over the British merchant ship, their original mission.
In completing this victory, not only did Jones and his men successfully screw up British Imports, but they also proved that America's military was a force to be reckoned with. This battle became one of the most famous, significant battles in U.S. History. They showed the British that they were really putting up a fight and not backing down.