Naval Battle off Ushant. The naval action between H.M. Frigates "Indefatigable" and "Amazon" and the French "Droits de L'Homme" off Ushant, 13th January 1797. The engagement lasted for more than 15 hours, in an increasing gale and the constant presence of the rocky Breton coast. The damage the more manoeuvrable British vessels inflicted on the French ship was so severe that as the winds increased, the French crew lost control and Droits de l'Homme was swept onto a sandbar and destroyed.
John Paul Jones 1747-1792 American Revolutionary War hero, John Paul Jones, who died in Paris 18 July 1792. His body was missing for a time but his coffin, made of lead, was found in 1905 under a Paris shop that had been built over an old cemetery & his body had been preserved in alcohol. On 26 Jan 1913, he was laid to rest in the crypt of the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md. with a eulogy given by Teddy Roosevelt.
Over a period of 34 years, between 1778 and 1812, HMS Victory took part in five naval battles. Trafalgar is not only the most famous of these but also the last. Commissioned for service in the American War of Independence, Victory fought in the First and Second Battles of Ushant and the Battle of Cape Spartel, whilst during the French revolutionary War she was Admiral Jervis’ flagship at the Battle of Cape St Vincent.
"If all else fails, I will retreat up the valley of Virginia, plant my flag on the Blue Ridge, rally around the Scotch-Irish of that region and make my last stand for liberty amongst a people who will never submit to British tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw a trigger." - George Washington at Valley Forge