John Brennan

American Merchant Mariners Memorial in Battery Park, New York City. Bronze sculpture by Marisol Escobar.

Forgotten Heroes of The Revolutionary War

By John Brennan 2018-07-03 17:46:28

The Merchant Marine’s role in U.S. military history dates back to 1775, and merchant mariners have played a key role in every major U.S. conflict since.   Prior to declaring independence, the 13 Colonies had established a small 31-ship navy.  By contrast, the British Navy fleet count was 270. When war came, the Continental Congress called upon merchant ships, called privateers, which were already heavily armed to defend against piracy.  An estimated 55,000 merchant mariners answered the call....

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