American Yachts in Naval Service

A History from the Colonial Era to World War II

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About the Book

Before there was a U.S. Navy, several Colonial navies were all-volunteer—both the crews and the vessels. From its beginnings through World War II, the Navy has relied on civilian sailors and their fast vessels to fill out its ranks of small combatants. Beginning with the birth of the yacht in 17th century Netherlands, this illustrated history traces the development of yacht racing, the advent of combustion-engine power and the contribution privately owned vessels have made to national defense. Vessels conscripted during the Civil War served both the Union and Confederacy—sometimes changing sides after capture. The first USS Wanderer saw the slave trade from both sides of the law. Aboard the USS Sylph, Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine fought the Third Reich’s U-boats under sail. USS Sea Cloud made history as the first racially integrated ship in the Navy, three years before President Truman desegregated the military.

About the Author(s)

Kenneth H. Goldman has written historical pieces for Navis Magazine and has sold several screen and radio plays. The International Journal of Maritime History called his first naval history book “an important addition to the literature of American naval vessels” and the Journal of America’s Military Past said, “The author does a superb job combining the USS Charles Carroll’s history with the recollections of her crew.” He is also a professional designer and fabricator of scale model kits of Civil War guns, horse-drawn wagons and WWI aircraft. He lives in Southern California.

Bibliographic Details

Kenneth Howard Goldman
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 60 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8260-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4074-7
Imprint: McFarland