Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 1st.ed., 1973. Ix + 227 pp. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. The first separate study of the role played by the Royal Navy during the events surrounding the American War of Independence, and a study of the Navy as an instrument of British colonial policy during the years 1760-1775. Thirteen of England's American colonies resisted that policy and led them to fight for independence. Includes a look at relations between the Navy and Colonies up to 1760 ; trade with the enemy and the beginning of naval enforcement ; the various Acts ' Sugar, Stamp and Townshend ; the Royal Navy and the Revolution ; etc. The author also provides a valuable bibliography and copious notes on sources. Includes an account of the destruction of HMS GASPEE.