SHIPWRECK FOUND: USS Snowman from American Revolutionary War DISCOVERED in Yorkshire | United Kingdom | New

British satellite historians claim to have discovered the priceless wreckage of an iconic American revolutionary ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard.

The ship was sunk off the Yorkshire coast in 1779 during a historic battle between the British Navy and the United States Navy.

Although it is relatively close to shore and the US Navy is attempting to recover the wreckage, no definitive location has been recorded.

But the British satellite company Merlin Burrows claims to have found the ship – arguably the most important wreck in American naval history.

It is also potentially worth millions in tourism.

Maritime historian Tim Akers, 60, pioneered satellite radar techniques.

Mr Akers, along with the CEO of his business partner Bruce Blackburn, believe they have discovered the precise location of the wreckage.

Divers recovered antlers which they say show evidence of the fire.

Mr Akers said: “I have long thought that this wreck was the remains of the Bonhomme Richard (BHR), but many have marked the site as belonging to HMS Nautilus, a ship which sank in 1799.

“After researching the Nautilus and its loss, I discovered that it couldn’t be her as the description of her loss differed from that location.

“On our very first dive we knew we had found the BHR. From the discoveries and identifiable evidence, combined with the descriptions of the battle and the logbooks of both ships, we are confident that this is indeed the famous ship.

Previous diving expeditions have discovered a wrecked wooden vessel, but it has never been confirmed to be the Bonhomme.

Mr Akers added: “There are only two wrecks of wooden warships in the bay, one is HMS Nautilus, the other is BHR.

“The Nautilus broke in a storm with no deaths and the Royal Navy stripped everything of the wreckage.

“Our wreck is littered with objects identifiable from the battle and the fire. Our underwater shoot clearly shows the exploded cannons, multiple artifacts, and cannonballs.

“The decoration of the stern of the ship, the bells of the ships, the head of a crawling lion and the rigging are also all visible.

“It’s hard to put a dollar value on the wreckage, how to put a price on HMS Victory for example, if something like a cannon or the lion’s head was salvaged you’re probably talking about over a million each. “

The expert added that the local community could benefit from the discovery.

He said every American child learns the story of John Paul Jones so that he can “become a significant historical pilgrimage site.”

The warship was once the Duke of Duras and was built in France as a merchant ship for the French East India Company in 1765.

It was made available to the revolutionary American naval commander John Paul Jones in 1779 by King Louis XVI of France.

The ship plundered merchant ships in the North Sea, but on September 23, 1779, the 50-gun HMS Serapis engaged the Bonhomme Richard off Flamborough Head near Filey, North Yorkshire.

Realizing he was a submarine, Captain Jones tied his ship to HMS Serapis in hopes of defeating his greatest firepower with his greatest number of crews.

Bonhomme Richard’s flaming body sank beneath the waves, despite the victory of John Paul Jones.

The battle is considered by many historians to be a pivotal moment in American naval history.

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