Warboats of America website provides introductory,
historical and current information about the primary military
fast attack, patrol and rescue craft built and used between
World War II and the present. We have coined the word “warboats”
to be the military maritime equivalent of “warbirds,” the widely
known term describing military combat aircraft.
Our web site presents basic facts and background about
the primary types of military combatant watercraft and limited
details about others. Also it includes personal accounts of crew
member veterans who served aboard them, and reports about
historic boat restoration projects throughout the nation as well
as some “civilianized” survivors.
Our website does not attempt to provide an encyclopedic
reference source for all combatant craft designed, built and
used during military conflicts during the past more than 60
years. But by providing an overview and also links to other
sites with more detailed information it helps guide those
interested through the military maritime maze.
detailed information about specific “small combatant craft” can
be found on more focused websites, in numerous specialized books
and video documentaries and through other sources.
groups of veterans who served on these boats have their own web
sites, as do various historic restoration projects, some
individual veterans, military enthusiasts and others.
Connections to these sites and pages can be made by the Links in
an individual page or the "Links" page.
In summary, the purpose of Warboats of America web site
- present an overview of
military combat watercraft and their roles in wartime;
- help create greater public
awareness of these boats and their histories;
- honor the valiant service of
the crews who served aboard them; and
- promote the efforts of the
veterans, historic boat restoration and other worthy groups
dedicated especially to those crew members who gave their own
lives for their country and its citizens, and their belief in
freedom and democratic principles.