The Filey Bay John Paul Jones Heritage Coast Initiative

Filey Town Council
In partnership with the
Filey Bay Initiative

August 20 2005 is the 30 year anniversary of John Adam’s discovery of the wooden wreck in Filey Bay conjectured to be the famed Bonhomme Richard.  In a brand new exclusive initiative to mark this occasion, John Adams and the Filey Bay Initiative have launched the Filey Bay John Paul Jones Heritage Coast Initiative, the first of its kind in Yorkshire.

This Initiative celebrates the brave action of Captain Pearson of HMS Serapis and Commodore John Paul Jones of the American Continental Navy who fought a brilliant action at sea of classic proportions, all within the environs of Filey Bay. The battle has fascinated people for generations and is an important part of history that is embedded into the fabric of the history of Filey Bay.

The Filey Bay John Paul Jones Heritage Coast Initiative is complementary to the Filey Town Council’s Cultural links with Prince Frederick of Calvert County USA, (home of John Paul Jones) and has the involvement of Filey’s Chamber of Trade. 

This is an educational and community project to raise the awareness of and to promote Filey and its environs.  It will focus on aspects of our beautiful coast and its heritage and also will provide additional information to visitors to Filey and add flavour to their visit.

The Filey Bay Initiative  has already hosted overseas visitors regarding the famous battle and with the benefit of a thirty year research programme and exclusive access to John Adams and his team, we are able to host a number of presentations and educational functions for residents and visitors in Filey by prior arrangement.

The Filey Bay John Paul Jones Heritage Coast Initiative will be progressed with the assistance of, or links with the following organisations and groups:

John Adams and the Filey Bay initiative
The Filey Underwater Research Unit
The Filey Town Council and Filey’s Sistership with Prince Frederick of Calvert County
The Filey Chamber of Trade
The Filey Museum
The Crimlisk Fisher Archives

The Filey Lifeboat

The Filey Bay Initiative’s partnership and links with:

                        National Geographical Magazine
                        Submerged Cultural Resources Unit of the American National Parks Service
                        Donald G Shomette of Cultural Resources, Maryland
                        English Heritage
                        Pritchard Diving Services
                        John Buglass Archaeological Services
                        Peter Simpson Marine Engineering
                        Lee Norgate’s Shoreline Wreck Survey Group
                        The East Coast Aircraft Research Group
                        The Filey Brigg (Spittals) Group                       
                        Filey Coble Preservation Society
                        Filey’s Jurassic Coast

                        John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum Trust, Kirkbean, Dumfries
                        BNT Productions of Leeds

© John Adams August 2005

This site is currently being developed and we have put up some temporary pages to give a flavour of the Initiative

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