The Struggle for Sea Power – By Sam Willis

The Struggle for Sea Power by Sam Willis

The Struggle for Sea Power by Sam Willis

Just finished reading The Struggle for Sea Power. This book covers the Revolutionary War from the Navy side. I found this book to be very educational since other than a couple of the land battles that the navy was involved in, I really was unaware of everything that was going on at sea during the Revolutionary War.

While the War for Independence for the Army is rather straight forward – on the high seas – it was a little more complicated than that. Of course, you had the British and the American Navies duking it out. However, you also had the French, the Spanish, and the Dutch. If that was not enough, there is a lot of Ocean out there so the navies were involved in the Atlantic Ocean, West Indies, Gulf Coast, Mediterranian, English Channel, Hudson Bay, Indian Ocean, and East Indies.

All that being said, my favorite naval battles were the ship building campaigns on the lakes of New York that occurred early in the war between the British and Americans. It was absolutely amazing how fast they were able to build and transport ships into the New York lakes to try to gain superiority over the region.


If you are looking for a book about Washington and his armies, do not read this book. Washington’s name only comes up in passing throughout the book.

Overall, I found this book to be very educational to help understand the other half of the war that is so quickly glossed over. The author clearly did a lot of research in putting this book together. Because I have not done that much research on the Naval Battles, I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the book, but the areas that do cross over to my knowledge, the book appeared to be dead on.


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