Discover the US Navy in all its glory and sail your tall ships into history as the Admiral of your own fleet in Black Seas!
The US Navy
The Continental Congress authorized the purchase of two vessels to be armed and used against British merchant ships and initiated the building of frigates. Congress also issued many letters of marque to encourage privateering. In 1779 John Paul Jones on board the USS Bonhomme Richard led a small fleet. They pursued a British merchant fleet protected by the 4th rate ship HMS Serapis and the 22-gun HM-hired armed ship Countess of Scarborough and won a heroic victory.
For many years, the US had been paying tribute to the North African Barbary Pirates, to avoid their commercial routes being plundered. When the tributes were stopped, Tripoli declared war on the United States beginning the First Barbary War in 1801. This led to a number of small sea battles and some daring land attacks by the newly formed American marines.
The US Navy in Black Seas
When playing the USA in Black Seas, you might want to limit games to smaller fleet actions, as the US Navy did not build larger ships until a later period (which Black Seas does not currently cover). There is plenty of scope to do this with the scenarios in the book.
Though the USA lacks the ability to field any 1st, 2nd or 3rd rate ships, the frigates they had were especially Sturdy and can gain additional benefits from taking the Over Gunned upgrade. Additionally, American crews were periodically drilled in gunnery; all US ships benefit from a bonus when shooting.
Discover more articles about the US Navy in Black Seas Here:
- US Navy Fleet Starter Set
- USS Constitution – a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate
- The Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet
Black Seas United States Battle Line
Our United States Battle Line gives you the beginnings of a US Navy led by “Old Ironsides” herself, along with the USS President and the USS United States. Included are all the ship cards for the game, as well as flag sheets, acetate ratline sheets and rigging thread to make your ships really stand out.