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The Filey Bay Ship Wreck That Could Attract Tourists and the US Navy

The US Navy are reported to be considering another search to find the wreck of the Bonhomme Richard off the coast of Filey.

The vessel sank during the battle of Flamborough Head in 1779, it's one of the most celebrated naval actions in US history.

The event is remembered each September by the Filey Bay 1779 local history group.

James Hodgson is from the group and says a US navy officer will be attending this years event.

The Filey Bay 1779 group think the Battle of Flamborough Head could become a big deal for Filey Bay tourism over the coming years.

The battle saw father of the US navy - John Paul Jones - fight it out with ships from the Royal Navy.

In America it's seen as one of the most significant naval battles in US history, and with the 250th anniversary on the way James Hodgson thinks it could get a lot of global attention.

James say the outcome of the battle is hotly contested, the Americans feel they won the naval encounter, but James isn't convinced.

The Filey Bay 1779 group are lookign to build awareness of the battle of Flamborough Head in the run up to the 250th anniversary of the battle in 2029. James Hodgson thinks more can be made of the historic event to bring tourists to the local area.

The group are marking this years 243rd anniversary with a series of events in September.

On Friday 23rd September a single rocket will be launched at 7pm to mark the approximate time the Battle commenced, this will be follwed by a d inner with Guest Speaker Dr David Pendleton discussing the British tactics in the Battle, Andrew Clay from Scarborough Museums Trust and musical entertainment by The SALTS singing sea shanties “with attitude” and special guest, poet Ian Duhig.

The dinner will be at the Filey Sea Cadet Pavilion, on Southdene. Tickets are £20 per person and can be ordered by email – Fileybay1779@gmail.com

On Saturday September 24th the Filey Bay 1779 Mobile Heritage Centre will be at  Crescent Gardens from 1pm to 4pm to provide more information about the Battle and what life was like in 1779 and on board a warship.

On Sunday September 25th the mobile heritage unit will be on Filey Seafront from 1pm to 4pm, there will also be a Sea Cadets Parade and Remembrance Service to remember the 400 men & boys who were injured and lost their lives during the Battle.  The Parade Route will start at St Oswald’s and end at the Filey Sea Cadet Pavilion, with a short service taking place on the sea front, at the bottom of Cargate Hill.

Sea Cadets from Scarborough and Bridlington as well as Bridlington Air Cadets marching will be joining Filey Sea Cadets for this event which is expected to start around 1pm.

More information is available at https://fileybay1779.com/filey-bay-1779-festival-23-25-september-2022/


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