When the United States invaded England

  • John Paul Jones is revered in the US as the father of the US Navy and he was born in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England. He later emigrated to the US and joined the navy.

    In 1778 he sailed to his home town and set fire to a British ship and parts of the town, later sailing up to Scotland to capture the Earl of Selkirk, who wasn't home, so he stole his silverware instead.

    This video is well presented, except for the fact that the presenter claims the town of Whitehaven is in north east England, whereas it's in the north west, thus making the journey to Scotland and the crossing of the Irish Sea, that much easier.