John Paul Jones. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection. NHHC Photograph Collection,
In June of 1777, John Paul Jones takes command of the Continental Navy sloop USS Ranger. While commanding Ranger, the ship receives the first official salute to the Stars and Stripes flag by the French fleet at Quiberon Bay.
“First Recognition of the American Flag by a Foreign Government” Oil by Edward Moran, at the U.S. Naval Academy. Painting depicts USS Ranger, commanded by Captain John Paul Jones, receiving the salute of the French Fleet at Quiberon Bay, 14 February 1778. National Archives, K-21225 (Color).
Recruiting Poster, 1777. Poster calling for volunteers for the crew of USS Ranger, Captain John Paul Jones, then fitting at Portsmouth, NH for her cruise into European waters. It was issued in mid-1777 and quotes the resolution of Congress of 29 March 1777, establishing pay advances for newwly recruited seaman. Courtesy of Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 52162.