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By James M. Volo

In 1775, it appeared unimaginable that the yankee colonists may perhaps triumph over the overpowering army superiority of significant Britain. but the belligerent colonists have been convinced they can defeat the British military they so despised. nonetheless, their one nice worry used to be that they wouldn't manage to conquer the presence of the Royal army. in some way even though, the colonists have been in a position to face up to the British at sea, allure able allies, and effectively finish their quest for independence. the first concentration of this paintings is the interval ahead of 1779 sooner than the French had come to assistance from the fledgling American nation—when the Blue Water Patriots faced the Royal military on my own, counting on little greater than ingenuity and courage.In 1775, it used to be impossible that the yank colonists can have conquer the overpowering army superiority of serious Britain. but the belligerent colonists appeared definite that they can defeat the British military they so despised. nevertheless, the single nice worry shared via all colonists was once that they wouldn't manage to conquer the presence of the Royal army. but, in some way, the colonists have been in a position to withstand the British at sea, allure able allies to help them, and effectively finish their quest for independence. the yankee Revolution can effectively be considered as a part of a chronic around the world naval clash among France and Britain starting with the wonderful Revolution in 1688 and finishing with the British victory at Trafalgar in 1805 in the course of the Napoleonic Wars. This was once a interval during which the armed merchantmen of the age of alternate have been changed by way of real warships whose job used to be to manage the ocean lanes. the yankee Revolution used to be a watershed during this regard with better warship designs, new applied sciences, stronger gunpowder and communications, and leading edge strategies. even if French participation within the battle for independence was once the most important, the first concentration of this paintings is the interval sooner than 1779, while the colonists faced the Royal military on my own with purely their ingenuity and braveness to shield them.Every university baby is aware that the yankee Revolution started on Lexington eco-friendly in April, 1775, yet what percentage are acutely aware that during 1764 a Royal army cutter, St. John, engaged within the suppression of smuggling, used to be fired upon via Rhode Islanders; that during 1769, the profit sloop Liberty was once seized and burned via the folks of Newport; or that during 1772, the army cutter Gaspee was once burned within the evening by means of armed patriots attacking from small boats. those Blue Water Patriots fought the 1st battles at the street to American independence. this is often their tale.

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Brigs, brigantines, and schooners were considered somewhat more effective in their new role. Cabot was a good vessel taken into the Royal Navy after its capture later in the war. Admiralty records state that the 189-ton brig was approximately 75 feet on the deck and 25 feet in beam. Of Andrew Doria little is known beyond its being a brig. 17 Of this initial Continental fleet of converted merchant vessels more will be said later, but Congress simultaneously authorized the building of a genuine fleet of thirteen state-of-the-art frigates of 32, 28, and 24 guns.

Wallace could do nothing to prevent the grounding of its consort. Also in June, the armed sloop Commerce of South Carolina with twenty-six men under Lieutenant Clement Lemprierre stopped and ransacked a Royal Navy supply vessel in Florida, stripping it of more than 100 barrels of gunpowder (6 tons) within sight of its armed escort, which was prevented from interfering by a large sand bar at the mouth of St. Augustine harbor. These episodes are often identified by The Rebels Under Sail 39 historians as the first official naval acts of war committed by any of the colonies, but they hardly rate as a traditional naval engagement.

The King’s armed vessels [are] sunk, the crews made prisoner, the officers killed. . He is [not] . . ’’9 At about this time George Washington authorized Nicholas Broughton to proceed to the port of Beverly, Massachusetts, where he was to take command of the Hannah, a schooner fitted out with a few small cannon as a vessel of war. ’’ Each vessel sailed under a white ensign bearing a green pine tree with the words ‘‘An Appeal to Heaven’’ inscribed below it. 10 In November 1775 John Manly, Washington’s finest captain, intercepted a British storeship that had become separated from its convoy, and made the first major contribution of the navy to the war effort.

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