March 18, 2012

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“Whereas the depredations committed by the Algerine corsairs on the commerce of the United States, render it necessary that a naval force should be provided for its protection.”

The Continental Navy having been disbanded after the end of the Revolutionary War, the House of Representatives and the Senate were compelled to pass the “Act to provide a Naval Armament” to protect American shipping from Barbary Coast pirates.  It authorized the President to acquire six frigates, four of 44 guns each and two of 36 guns each, by purchase or otherwise. In addition, it specified how many crew members would be necessary and what their pay and daily rations would be.

Read more about the New U.S. Navy

Senate Draft of an “Act to provide a Naval Armament” March 18, 1794; Records of the U.S. Senate; Record Group 46

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    Needs a bit more explanation on this..
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    Those pirates won’t know what hit ‘em…
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    Gaddam Pirates - Don R
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