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

 
 
Author
Tim McGrath.
Publisher NAL Caliber  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.95 x 6 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780451416117
Pages/Publication Date 544/2014
Daedalus Item Code 61559
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America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat, after England sent hundreds of ships to bottle up American harbors and prey on commercial shipping. The colonies responded by creating the Continental Navy, seemingly a pointless challenge to the Royal Navy and its vast floating arsenal. And yet, as naval historian Tim McGrath recounts in gripping detail, America's sailors became formidable warriors, and victories by captains like John Barry, Nicholas Biddle, and James Nicholson gave Americans hope, while along the British coastline, daring raids by John Paul Jones and "Dunkirk Pirate" Gustavus Conyngham sent fear throughout England.

"[The author's] gripping descriptions of pursuit and combat at sea are the equal of any fiction, with the added virtue of being entirely true.... Solidly researched and presented with verve and gusto."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"McGrath enhances his position among American Revolution naval war historians with this comprehensive, fast-paced account of the collection of armed merchantmen (non-naval vessels) manned by amateurs that took on the world's greatest naval power."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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