Major Operations of the Navies in the Wars of American Independence

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In 1775, the Continental Navy numbered around 100 ships. In contrast, the British Navy had 270 ships, and by 1783 had increased the number to 468. Despite this disparity, the Royal Navy suffered severely in the Wars of American Independence, largely through the actions of privateers, losing through sinking or capture nearly 200 ships. After 1778, when the British also had to face the fleets of France and Spain, American privateers multiplied. They inflicted severe damage on British ships and trade, costing Britain about 2 ...

Major Operations of the Navies in the Wars of American Independence 2006, Trafalgar Square Publishing

ISBN-13: 9781845880354

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