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Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea Hardcover
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Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea Hardcover by Tim McGrath
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Category: History
Edition Date: 07/01/2014
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ISBN: 0451416104
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Decription: Five ships against hundreds—the fledgling American Navy versus the greatest naval force the world had ever seen…
 
America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England’s King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy.
 
The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive “ships of the line,” bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty’s warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.
 
They were wrong. Beginning with five converted merchantmen, America’s sailors became formidable warriors, matching their wits, skills, and courage against the best of the British fleet. Victories off American shores gave the patriots hope—victories led by captains such as John Barry, the fiery Irish-born giant; fearles
About author: Tim McGrath is the author of the critically acclaimed biography John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail
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