Modern reproduction of N.C. Wyeth (1862-1948), Captain John Paul Jones (1938). Portsmouth Historical Society; The James C. and Judith R. Bradford Collection.

Celebrate the anniversary of one of the most important battles of the American Revolutionary War: Captain John Paul Jones and the Ranger versus the HMS Drake in the North Channel naval duel.

Sunday, April 24  •  1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

John Paul Jones House, 43 Middle Street

We will celebrate how John Paul Jones as captain of the Ranger changed the course of the American Revolutionary War in April, 1778.  New Hampshire has always been noted for building wonderful ships, including the USS Ranger, built in Portsmouth.  John Paul Jones stayed in the house at 43 Middle Street while the Ranger was being built.  In April 1778,  Jones, in command of the Ranger, attacked Whitehaven, England; attempted to kidnap the Earl of Selkirk; and, on April 24, 1778, defeated HMS Drake off the western coast of Great Britain.

Attendees will include Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox, USN (Ret.), Portsmouth Mayor Deaglan McEachern, members of City Council, and Dr. James Bliss, PhD, a noted expert on John Paul Jones.

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