Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

The American Revolution and the French Alliance

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The American Revolution and the French Alliance

Though facing insurmountable odds, the underdog naval forces of the young United States proved their savvy by helping to defeat Great Britain in the War for Independence. The exhibit traces the American naval effort in its three components: the Continental Navy, state navies, and privateers. Victory was gained for America through a combination of American determination, French assistance, and British military blunders.

Interesting artifacts in the Revolutionary War exhibit include:

  • Dinner Bell of Esek Hopkins, Commander of the Continental Navy
  • Personal articles of Captain Matthew Parke of the Continental Marines during the Revolutionary War
  • Sword and firearms of the Revolutionary period
  • Fore foot from one of General Arnold's gunboats.  
  • Iron 6-pounder gun from Massachusetts privateer Defense.   For side view, click here.    For front quarter view, click here
  • Portraits and bust by Jean Houdain of John Paul Jones. 

Ship Models of Continental Navy ships in the American Revolution area:

Click on the model for a visual-art history of the ship.   


NMUSN:  American Revolution:   Continental Navy ship Alfred
Description: Continental Navy ship Alfred. Click on the model for a visual-art history of the ship.

NMUSN:  American Revolution:   Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard
Description: Continental Navy frigate Bonhomme Richard. Click on the model for a visual-art history of the ship.

NMUSN:  American Revolution:  Continental Navy schooner Hannah
Description: Continental Navy schooner Hannah. Click on the model for a visual-art history of the ship.

NMUSN:  American Revolution:  Continental Navy gondola Philadelphia
Description: Continental Navy gondola Philadelphia. Click on the model for a visual-art history of the ship.

NMUSN:  American Revolution:  Continental Navy frigate Raleigh
Description: Continental Navy frigate Raleigh. Click on the model for a visual-art history of the ship.

NMUSN:  American Revolution:  Continental Navy galley Washington
Description: Continental Navy galley Washington. Click on the model for a visual-art history of the ship.
Published: Thu Dec 13 10:57:54 EST 2018