Give Me a Fast Ship
by McGrath, Tim
The decision in 1775 for the Continental Congress to pay for and create a navy was a monumental decision; it was a direct challenge to the Royal Navy’s dominance of the Atlantic, and the trade routes on which the colonies’ maritime economy depended. Despite the superior resources and training of their adversary, the nascent Continental Navy was able to make a substantial contribution to American independence. This is the story of the birth of what would become the United States Navy.