George Washington's Secret Navy

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May 18, 2008


Electronic book text, 320 pages


0071643427 / 9780071643429

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Main description

  • Complements the author's last book, the well-received Benedict Arnold's Navy
  • Details an important but rarely mentioned event in American history

Table of contents

1 The Greatest the Present Age 2 "The amiable, generous and Brave George Washington, Esquire..." 3 New Lords, New Laws 4 The British Command 5 Noddles Island 6 Machias Sons of Liberty 7 "We Have the Utmost Reason to Expect Any Attack..." 8 The Navy Cabal 9 Our Weakness & the Enemy's Strength at Sea 10 George Washington's Secret Navy 11 Hannah Puts to Sea 12 Dolphin and Industry 13 Building and Equipping an American Fleet 14 Marblehead Boats at Beverly 15 Not a Moment of Time be Lost 16 Hancock and Franklin 17 Congress Pays a Visit 18 "For Gods Sake Hurry Off the Vessels..." 19 Lee's Autumn Cruise 20 The Blundering Captn Coit... 21 The Nancy 22 John Manley, Naval Hero 23 Broughton and Selman Sail Home 24 An American Navy 25 1777 26 The Last of Washington's Navy

Author comments

James L. Nelson is the author of Benedict Arnold's Navy, as well as several novels that take place during the age of the sailing navies. His first book of nonfiction was Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads.

Back cover copy

George Washington's Secret Navy has been the happy recipient of two awards this year which speak both to the book's scholarship and the fact that it is a fun story to read. The first is the Rodney Houghton Award, given by the National Maritime Historical Society for the best article of the year in its popular Sea History Magazine. This particular article was an excerpt from George Washington's Secret Navy telling the story of naval battle that took place in Machias, Maine, in 1775, the "Lexington and Concord of the Sea."

The second award given to the book is the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, presented by the Naval Order of the United States to the author "who by his published writings has made a substantial contribution to the preservation of the history and traditions of the United States Navy." The Morison Award is one of the country's top honors given to maritime authors. Past recipients have included David McCullough and Patrick O'Brian.

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