Logistical Challenges of Sea Power in the Age of Sail

A naval force usually does not possess the ability to accomplish to the satisfaction of its commanders all of its wartime tasks. Whether the conflict is in home waters or across an ocean, naval commanders are confronted by a broad spectrum of potential responsibilities. They can include fleet-on-fleet battle, blockade, convoy escort, coastal patrol, and amphibious operations, conducted jointly with an army. Most mundane, but certainly vital to naval operations, is the task of sustaining a fleet – keeping it manned, provisioned, trained, and maintained.

The following paper is actually a synthesis of three other separate papers which do not seem to be available online. As near as I can tell, it was part of a presentation at the 40th Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, which took place February 25-27, 2010. The synthesis paper is really fascinating in its own right, plus it’s a time saver, which is always a plus. I have to confess that I’m not entirely certain whether this paper is meant to be public, and I can’t tell who wrote it, but I’m hoping I’m not doing anything wrong by posting it… At the information is really interesting, and surely the more information in the world, the better… If you or someone you know is associated with this paper, please contact me!

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Logistical Challenges of Sea Power in the Age of Sail

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Courtesy of the United States Naval War College.

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