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|Serapis: HMS Serapis; Fifth Rate; Length: 124 ft; Beam: 36 ft; 1,068 tons; Comp.: 250; Armament: 20x18pdr, 20x9pdr, 4x6pdr; Greenland South Dockyard, Rotherhithe, England; 1779|
HMS Serapis took part in the Battle of Flamborough Head in the North Sea on the 23rd of September 1779. While she lost her fight with USS Bonhomme Richard, she was in much better shape then her opponent, wich sank on the 25th. Serapis was sailed to the United Provinces (Netherlands) under command of American captain John Paul Jones. Declared a French prize, she was renamed Roche and was lost in July 1781 off the coast of Madagascar when, according to all accounts, a sailor dropped a lantern into a barrel of brandy and she subsequently caught fire and exploded.