The Pennsylvania Navy, 1775-1781: The Defense of the Delaware

By: Jackson, John W.

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First edition. Owner bookplate on front endpaper, jacket edges rubbed with tiny chip along rear edges and a few tape repairs, jacket price clipped. 1974 Hard Cover. xiv, 514 pp. Among the stalwarts of the American Revolution were the men who manned the rebel state navies. As early as 1775, in eleven of the thirteen colonies, maritime forces were mobilized at the behest of the Continental Congress. All major American cities were seaports or river ports, and their survival depended on keeping open trade channels against the blockade of the world's most powerful navy. Philadelphia and the Delaware were vital areas of defense,and though chronically short of men an ammunition, Pennsylvania's navy was among the most aggressive. The state navies were handicapped by competition with the privateers for officers and men, for the privateers, also sanctioned by Congress, could offer prize money and more freedom. Undeterred, the Committee of Safety started building row galleys, fire boats, guard boats, and other defensive vessels designed to hamper if not destroy British ships. By the end of 1775, the first thirteen galleys had been launched. The little fleet was in active service for three years, from the summer of 1775 to the summer of 1778, some elements remaining in service for another eighteen months. In October and November 1777, when perhaps the heaviest cannonading of the war was directed at the Pennsylvania shores and islands, the galleys harassed the British frigates almost daily. Historians have thus far tended to slight the Revolutionary War state navies. Mr. Jackson has made the first exhaustive study of the correspondence and documents relating to the Pennsylvania navy. In addition to the narrative history, he provides appendixes giving the fleet roster, details of the cheaux-de-frise, payrolls, rules of administration, a brief biography of the controversial Captain Robert Whyte, a description of ordnance found in Forts Mercer and Mifflin, and newly discovered correspondence between Benjamin Franklin and Robert Erskine, with Erskine's design of a chevaux-de-frise for the Delaware.

Title: The Pennsylvania Navy, 1775-1781: The Defense of the Delaware

Author: Jackson, John W.

Categories: Military, Revolutionary Era through 1800, Boats & Watercraft,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press: 1974

ISBN Number: 0813507669

ISBN Number 13: 9780813507668

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

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