Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea

Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea

Tim McGrath

Five ships opposed to hundreds—the fledgling American military as opposed to the best naval strength the area had ever seen.
the US in 1775 used to be at the verge of revolution—or, much more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and harmony, England’s King George despatched 1000's of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American delivery. Colonists had no strength to safeguard their sea coast and waterways until eventually John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a daring answer: The Continental Congress should still elevate a navy.
the belief used to be mad. The Royal military used to be the mightiest floating arsenal in heritage, with a doubtless never-ending offer of vessels. greater than 100 of those have been substantial “ships of the line,” bristling with as much as 100 high-powered cannon which could point a urban. The British have been convinced that His Majesty’s warships might fast deliver the rebellious colonials to their knees.
They have been fallacious. starting with 5 switched over merchantmen, America’s sailors grew to become ambitious warriors, matching their wits, talents, and braveness opposed to the easiest of the British fleet. Victories off American seashores gave the patriots hope—victories led by way of captains akin to John Barry, the fiery Irish-born mammoth; fearless Nicholas Biddle, who stared down an armed mutineer; and James Nicholson, the underachiever who ultimately redeemed himself with an inspiring exhibit of coolness and bravado. in the meantime, alongside the British sea coast, bold raids via good-looking, cocksure John Paul Jones and the “Dunkirk Pirate,” Gustavus Conyngham—who was once captured and sentenced to hold yet tunneled below his mobile and escaped to struggle again—sent worry all through England. The adventures of those males and others on each side of the fight rival something from Horatio Hornblower or fortunate Jack Aubrey. after all, those insurgent sailors, from the quarterdeck to the forecastle, contributed tremendously to American independence.
Meticulously researched and masterfully advised, Give Me a quick Ship is a rousing, epic story of struggle at the excessive seas—and the definitive historical past of the yank military throughout the progressive War.


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