Search Continues for Elusive Bonhomme Richard
In the face of heavy winds and rough seas, a research team spent several days in September on the latest expedition to locate one of the holy grails of underwater archaeology—the Bonhomme Richard, iconic vessel of John Paul Jones.
The search was a collaborative effort between the U.S. Navy, the Ocean Technology Foundation (OTF), the Royal Navy, and the French Navy. The oceanographic survey ship USNS Henson (T-AGS-63), operated by Military Sealift Command for the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, served as the primary platform for the North Sea undertaking. Representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy, the Office of Naval Research, and the Naval History & Heritage Command all were on board the Henson during the operation.