The Navy Turns 237-Years Old on October 13


Birthday of the Navy, 13 October 1775. Page of the “Journal of the Continental Congress” containing the main part of the resolve authorizing a Continental Naval Force, 13 October 1775. Copied from the papers of the Continental Congress, Record Group 360 in the National Archives.
NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 83601.

On Friday, October 13, 1775, meeting in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress voted to fit out two Sailing Vessels, armed with ten carriage guns, as well as swivel guns, and manned by crews of eighty, and to send them out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This was the original legislation out of which the Continental Navy grew and as such constitutes the birth certificate of the navy.” – Naval History and Heritage Command


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Photo # NH 85210-KN: Continental Ship Columbus bringing in the
British brig Lord Lifford, 1776. Painting by W. Nowland Van Powell

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