“The War at Sea” happened in 1812 when the US was at war with Great Britain for impressment of US sailors. At this time Great Britain had hundreds of around the world wile the US had less than 20 ships. But the US had privateers that would go out and attack British ships. But we were lucky that they could not concentrate all their ships on us because they were at war with France. Privateers was are navy at this time and they took outmost of the British ships that sunk.