Eric Parker (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
17" x 20" (420mm x 520mm)Date:
1968This is the unique original Watercolour painting by Eric Parker.
After the American Declaration of Independence the new nation relied on privateering (piracy) whilst starting to build its own naval strength (originally just one ship for each of the 13 Colonies).
On the 20th November 1777 the privateer Boston Lady battled the British frigate Lowestoft on which a young Horatio Nelson was serving.
The figure left is America's most famous privateer John Paul Jones. In an engagement in 1779 Jones' ship the Bon Homme Richard was faring poorly taking many hits from the British ship H.M.S.Serapis. It looked all over until an American marine climbed his ships yardarm and threw a grenade into Serapis' hold.
The ship was soon on fire and surrendered. The Bon Homme Richard foundered immediately after and Jones was forced to sail home on his prize ship.
Published in Look and Learn 347 7 September 1968.