Contrary to current official under-valuation of history, real lessons can be learned from the ‘‘political, economic, and bureaucratic forces" that historically affected the Sea Services. Instead, emphasis is placed on simplistic and misleading “birthplaces" and “fathers” of the U.S. Navy. In fact, the Navy at least figuratively was “born" in June 1775 in the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War near Round Island off Machias, Maine. To the chagrin of Massachusetts, the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands calls this the “birthplace of the U.S. Navy." But more important, why did the battle start in the first place, and what were its consequences?
Our Naval Heritage Is in Danger
By John B. Hattendotf