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The American USS BONHOMME RICHARD under the command of Paul Jones became famous when she took the English frigate HMS Serapis as a prize after a 4-hours-fight in the North Sea in 1779. Paul Jones is regarded as one of the founders of the US Navy. In 1777 he had got the mission to carry the war against England to Europe. In France he managed to purchase the East Indiaman Duc de Duras, converted her to a frigate and renamed her BONHOMME RICHARD. On 23 September 1779 the ship and her small squadron met an English convoy guarded by the the English frigate HMS Serapis. A battle took place near Flamborough Head on the eastern coast of England. Although the American ship got so heavily damaged that she sank the next day, Paul Jones managed to take the Serapis as a prize. By this Paul Jones became famous in Europe and America.