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America's Anchor

A Naval History of the Delaware River and Bay, Cradle of the United States Navy


Paperback / softback

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America's Anchor by Kennard R. Wiggins Jr

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America's Anchor articulates the naval history of the Delaware River and Bay, spanning the three centuries from discovery to the end of the Second World War. Offering a narrative tale of ships, and the men from the Delaware Valley who sailed them, it weaves the story of shipbuilders, and marine infrastructure from a waterway that was a surprisingly active estuary of marine conflict. From Philadelphia to the Delaware Capes, the story of the nascent United States Navy emerges into full maturity from these shores as the nation's defender. The author provides a broad historical context as his canvas, upon which he limns a compelling narrative of naval growth and expansion in peace and war. His story is highlighted by selected quotes and personal thoughts of the colorful actors in his tale. From pirates to pilots, navigators to notable commanders, Wiggins' describes the arc of nautical history of the Delaware estuary for the first time, between the covers of one volume. He brings to life an under-appreciated history of a familiar place. This tale of the sea and its able seamen is illustrated with 88 historic images and supplemented by four appendices.

Author Biography

Kennard R. Wiggins, Jr, is a retired military officer and the author of five regional military history books. He lives in Elkton, Maryland.
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November 30th, 2018
Country of Publication
United States
80 photographs
McFarland & Co Inc
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