4th of July Commemoration Part I: US & UK Navies Squared Off in the Age of Sail

The U.S. Continental Navy Emerged in the Revolutionary War

On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham set sail on a two-part series for Independence Day, focusing on naval power, ships of sail, tactics, design, armaments and more.  It's a dedicated show on naval warfare; after all, it is the American victory in the War for Independence that we celebrate this week.  Our guest is the incredible Drach, the nom de plume for an amazing naval historian who runs the Drachinifel youtube channel.  If you love ships, history, ships, naval battles, ships, guns, and more ships, this is the pod to catch.  In Part II, coming on the 4th of July, we move past the age of sail and dive into the subject of ship design and development up to through the age of the battleship to the great aircraft carriers of WWII.  Serious fun for this holiday week.  Only, as you know, on ASPN!

Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.