Whitehaven Maritime Festival 1999

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On the afternoon of Sunday 27th June a grudge of over two hundred years was resolved as John Paul Jones was pardoned for his actions in 1778. An honour guard of US marines marched around the harbour and stood guard, whilst Michael Moon gave a speech to a large crowd describing the life of John Paul Jones, and in particular his daring raid on Whitehaven. Lieutenant Stephen Lyons of the US Navy then signed a document accepting the treaty giving freedom of the harbour to the US navy, allowing one US naval vessel to enter the harbour each year. Various dignitaries witnessed the signing, including the Russian ambassador, Yuri Fokine, marking the fact that John Paul Jones later became a Rear Admiral in the Russian Navy of Catherine the Great.

marines gather at the Beacon

marines march to the signing

crowd gathers for the ceremony

signing the proclamation