Alfred Thayer Mahan (author: The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660 -1783, links below) wrote that sea power was a function of the total maritime assets of a nation, not just the size or capabilities of its Navy. He included in his sea power equation ship yards, merchant vessels, virtually the entire spectrum of commercial maritime activity of his day. If he were writing today rather than in the 19th century he would certainly include the recreational boating industry. It was in the early decades the 20th century that recreational boating began to emerge as a true "industry". During World War II the industry and community
THE INFLUENCE OF SEA POWER UPON HISTORY IS THE GREAT CLASSIC ON SEA POWER READ BY EVERY MARITIME PROFESSIONAL DURING THEIR ACADEMY YEARS OR SOMETIME IN THEIR PROFESSIONAL FORMATION.
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demonstrated its national defense/naval utility. It has been said by a number of historians that the airplane obscured the contribution of the fast patrol boat and amphibious landing craft to the technological war effort in World War II. While submarines played an important part for both sides in the war and their technology advanced greatly during the conflict, they were well known weapons at the outbreak. The fast motorboat made its military debut in World War II, but the first application of fast motorboat technology was in the recreational boating arena, and small commercial fishing vessel industry, and then via a man named Andrew Higgins into commercial uses in the bays and marshes of South Louisiana and East Texas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQh6JaVdB9I Link to PT Boat Restoration Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mTQZwHmj3k Link to Landing Craft Video