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Career 39 The Pallas had her match in the Countess s Later of Scarborough; the Alliance did as much harm as good ; and the remaining vessel under Jones took no part Thus Pearson, instead of sacrificing his two vessels to save the Baltic fleet against a vastly superior force, had in reality matched his two better vessels against in the battle. two of Jones s squadron, and the escape of the Baltic was an accident so far as Pearson* was concerned. There is not the slightest doubt that Pearson was a brave officer and fought as long as there was any hope of suc cess, but he was matched against a man of indomitable As Captain A.

The Bonhomme Richard and the Serapis 37 A very important part in this fight was played by a marine in the maintop of Jones s flagship who succeeded in dropping a hand-grenade into the open hatch of the terrific explosion followed, "the flames of A Serapis. says Pearson, "running from cartridge to car tridge all the way aft, blew up the whole of the people and officers that were quartered abaft the mainmast from which/ ; which unfortunate circumstance all those guns were rendered useless for the remainder of the action, and I fear the greatest part of the people will lose their lives.

Called to him for God s sake We to forbear firing into the along the off side passed Bonhomme Richard; of the yet he ship and continued There was no possibility of his mistaking the enemy ship for the Richard, there being the most essen tial difference in their appearance and construction; besides, it was then full moonlight, and the sides of the Richard were all black, while the sides of the prizes were yellow. Yet, for the greater security, I showed the signal of our reconnoissance, by putting out three firing.

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