Piracy – the Midwife to the Rebirth of the U.S. Navy

The United States has always has been a maritime nation. Geography dictates it. Our western border is the Pacific; our eastern one is the Atlantic; we have the Gulf of Mexico in the south; and the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River to our north. The Thirteen...

Where Does Maduro Go?

If you haven’t read the news lately, there’s a constitutional, economic and humanitarian crisis going on in the country with the world’s largest oil reserves. No, this not about a kingdom in the Arabian Gulf, it is about Venezuela. Hugo Chavez’s...

The Third from the Last Invasion of England

Combined, the Atlantic Ocean, English Channel, North and Irish Seas, are an effective moat around the United Kingdom and, for the sake of this post, Ireland. Successful invasions are few and far between. William the Conqueror managed to do it in 1066. The French came...

The Frigate USS Chesapeake Lives On

There are only a few ships left from the Age of Sail and the Napoleonic Wars. Two, the USS Constitution (36 guns) launched in 1797 and the ship-of-the-line HMS Victory (104 guns) – Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar – launched in 1765 are still in...

Britain vs. France – 750+ Years of Conflict

The enmity between the France and Britain goes back not years, not decades, but seven and a half centuries. Except for two short periods of about twenty years when they were allied against Spain, the two countries were either at war, preparing for war or recovering...

Birthplace of the American Navy

Last week, driving through a town in upstate I saw a sign in Whitehall, NY, that says, “Welcome to the Birthplace of the U.S. Navy….” Huh!!! Research followed, so here’s the story. The “official” date for the birth of the United States Navy is October 13, 1775. On...