Bonhomme Richard

Nominal Guns44DANFS
NationalityUnited States of America
OperatorContinental Navy
PreviouslyFrench Fourth Rate ship 'Duc de Duras' (1778) (42)
Home Port DANFS
CategoryFifth RateDANFS
Ship TypeShip DANFS
Sailing RigShip RiggedDANFS


DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric Equivalent
DimensionMeasurementTypeMetric EquivalentDANFS
Length of Gundeck152' 0"Imperial Feet46.3296 
Breadth40' 0"Imperial Feet12.192 
Depth in Hold19' 0"Imperial Feet5.7912 
Burthen998Tons BM 


1779Broadside Weight = 240 French Livre (259.008 lbs 117.48 kg)DANFS
Gun Deck28 French 12-Pounder
Lower Gun Deck6 French 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck4 French 6-Pounder
Forecastle2 French 6-Pounder

Crew Complement

Date# of MenNotesSource
2.1779375 DANFS

1 Commanding Officer

4.2.1779 - 25.9.1779CaptainJohn Paul Jones (1747-1792)DANFS

6 Commissioned Officers

4.2.1779 - 25.9.1779First LieutenantRichard Dale (1756-1826)B0554.2.1779 - 25.9.1779LieutenantEugene MacartyB0554.2.1779 - 25.9.1779LieutenantEdward StackB0554.2.1779 - 25.9.1779LieutenantHenry LuntB0554.2.1779 - 25.9.1779LieutenantRobert RobinsonDANFS4.2.1779 - 25.9.1779Acting LieutenantJohn MayrantB055

3 Warrant Officers

4.2.1779 - 25.9.1779PurserMathew MeaseB0554.2.1779 - 25.9.1779SurgeonLaurens BrookeB0554.2.1779 - 25.9.1779Acting MasterSamuel StaceyB055

Service History

19.6.1779Sailed from L'Orient accompanied by Alliance (36) , La Pallas (34) , Vengeance (3) and Cerf
8.1779Took 16 merchant vessels prizeDANFS
14.8.1779Squadron left port again, having been forced back to port earlier
23.9.1779Battle of Flamborough Head
25.9.1779Sank due to damage taken on Sep 23rdDANFS

Notes on Ship

General Notes

Originally a French East-Indiaman Duc de Duras

Armed for protection against pirates in far eastern waters She carried her guns on one deck, twenty-eight 12-pounders, with six lighter pieces, six-pounders, on the poop-deck and forecastle. Ports were cut in the gun room on the deck below where [John Paul Jones] mounted six 18-pounder guns.

Detached crew

Lieutenant Henry Lunt had been detached with a prize crew prior to the Battle of Flamborough Head


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