This was a huge, major FAIL for the British. At this time the British had the most powerful navy in the world. The Americans had a weak one because they didn't have many boats. John Paul Jones, an American naval commander, did something miraculous, however. He and four other boats patrolled the English coast. Jone's vessels approached a convoy of two British warships guarding supply ships. The Bonhomme Richard, Jone's boat, rammed the larger of the two warships, the Serapis. The perhaps over-confident British captain demanded Jones surrender, but Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight"! Fighting then broke out. Somehow, the Americans cracked the mast of the Serapis. They had beaten the most powerful navy in the world with a small ship! Major British PHAIL.