The Royal Navy in European Waters during the American Revolutionary War

Overview

During the American Revolutionary War, Great Britain's Royal Navy faced foes that included, in addition to American forces, the navies of France, Spain, and the Netherlands. In this operational history of a period that proved to be a turning point for one of the world's great naval powers, David Syrett presents a saga of battles, blockades, great fleet cruises, and, above all, failures and lost opportunities. He explains that the British government severely underestimated the Americans' maritime strength and how ...
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Overview

During the American Revolutionary War, Great Britain's Royal Navy faced foes that included, in addition to American forces, the navies of France, Spain, and the Netherlands. In this operational history of a period that proved to be a turning point for one of the world's great naval powers, David Syrett presents a saga of battles, blockades, great fleet cruises, and, above all, failures and lost opportunities. He explains that the British government severely underestimated the Americans' maritime strength and how that error led to devastating consequences. The seemingly invincible navy failed to muster even one decisive victory during the extensive naval conflict.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570032387
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Studies in Maritime History Series
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Ch. 1 The Failure to Mobilize for War, 1775-77 1
Ch. 2 Keppel and the Channel Fleet, 1778 17
Ch. 3 The Attempted Franco-Spanish Invasion and the First Relief of Gibraltar, 1779-80 61
Ch. 4 Neutrals, Naval Stores, and the Royal Navy, 1778-82 95
Ch. 5 The Channel Fleet Holds the Line, 1780-82 133
Conclusion 164
Notes 169
Bibliography 199
Index 206
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