Reviving the Naval History of the Revolution

Bill Lescher

August 25, 2022

While re-enacting the Revolutionary War may seem farfetched, it is possible to learn about the naval history of the Revolution by studying the actions of British and American ships. For example, consider the role played by Arab fleets, which used catapults to prevent boarding parties. Or consider the American naval successes in the Caribbean.

Commodore John Barry

Commodore John Barry is one of the most overlooked American heroes of the Revolutionary War. He is often overshadowed by fellow naval commander John Paul Jones, but he deserves a greater role in the history of the American navy. His sailing skills and bravery are top-notch, and he should be remembered as a hero of the young American republic who was unknown at the time.

After the surrender of Yorktown, Barry was tasked with a prestigious mission. He was tasked with following the French Marquis de Lafayette, who had opted to return to France. He was able to get a ship under way from Boston on Christmas Eve, where he met up with the French party. Barry then proceeded to harass British ships in concert with the French. This mission would take nearly three weeks, and the ship returned to the East Coast in May.

In addition to this, Barry was a dedicated naval officer. He successfully suppressed three mutinies in his time at sea. The ringleaders were usually put into the hold of the ship to prevent further disruption. Barry was a strict but fair disciplinarian, and he was able to raise the morale of his crews. He was also a strong believer in Divine Providence and opened ship days with a Bible reading.

Commodore John Humphreys was

During the early years of the American Revolution, Humphreys spent his time with the American forces along the Hudson River, protecting Southern New England and New York. After the conflict, Humphreys was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain, where he negotiated the release of American ships from Spanish vessels. Humphreys also served in the state legislature during this period. During this time, New England was the center of anti-war activities, including the Hartford Convention, where secession from the United States was debated. Humphreys was an outspoken opponent of secession, and he kept in touch with President James Madison’s government, giving ideas on how to grow the navy and fight on with the Barbary Corsairs.

In 1794, Humphreys became Chief Naval Constructor of the United States. As such, Congress passed an act authorizing the construction of six frigates. These ships were faster and larger than most warships of their class. They formed the backbone of the U.S. Navy force during the War of 1812. These vessels were christened USS United States on May 10, 1797. They were then commanded by Commodore John Barry.

Zheng Zheng’s fleet

The Zheng He Memorial Chamber will be located in the Maritime Museum of Galle, about one hour from Colombo. It is expected to become a significant tourist attraction. This exhibit features artifacts from Zheng He’s fleet. A copy of Zheng He’s three-language tablet, which was written in Nanjing before the fleet left, will also be there.

The visit of Zheng He’s fleet to Sri Lanka was a significant event in the history of this island nation. It helped improve relations between China and Sri Lanka. The two countries got along well for about a hundred years, but in the 1600s, there was violence, intolerance, and the destruction of the cultures that were already there.

It is thought that Zheng He’s expeditions offered a glimpse of an alternative past. The fleet’s voyages constituted one of the most remarkable voyages in world history, and they included a total of 300 ships and 27,000 sailors. Even though this trip happened almost a century before Magellan’s trip to the east coast of Africa, it was the first time a Chinese explorer went anywhere.

American naval successes in the Caribbean

In the early years of the Revolution, American naval forces were limited to small ships, but they soon grew in size. Their main aim was to intercept British materiel and disrupt British maritime commercial operations. The fleet was initially made up of converted merchantmen, but later on, the American navy began building exclusively designed warships. Even though this early fleet was small, it did a lot to show how determined the colonies were, put Captain John Barry in the spotlight, and give the next generation of naval officers the experience they needed.

After the Revolution, American naval forces continued to engage in maritime battles. These battles began in 1775 and continued through 1778. The British Royal Navy defeated the Continental Navy in the Battle of the Saintes, which took place off the coast of Dominica. This battle re-established the British position during peace negotiations.

The XYZ Affair spurred the American military into action. The American public, with a growing number of privateers attacking American merchant ships, grew increasingly supportive of the creation of a navy. Even as the first six frigates were still under construction, merchant ships and revenue cutters were converted into warships to protect the American coasts. In 1798, the United States Navy deployed to the Caribbean, taking stations in the heavily traveled passageways.