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Welcome to the home of the Pennsylvania State Navy, Inc.  The current Navy was incorporated in January, 2000 as a non-profit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The mission of the Navy is to educate the general public about the American Revolution, the Pennsylvania State Navy of 1775 to 1781 and the defense of Philadelphia in the fall of 1777.  This is accomplished through living HORNET on patrol in the Delaware southeast of Fort Mifflinhistory reenactments and public educational programs at State Parks and historic sites throughout the Delaware Valley. sky free contact number

The HORNET was purchased by Damian Siekonic in August of 2000.  She is an 18' long Hankins Skiff made of cedar plank over oak.  When purchased, she came already restored to modern standards with nylon sails and rigging, plastic mast hoops, bronze oarlocks, stainless steel stays, an engine mount and plastic cleats.  During the winter of 2000-2001, the crew stripped all of her fittings and began the restoration.  Peter Marques of Tentsmiths custom-made the cotton canvas sails.  New oars were purchased, and the crew custom-made the oak cleats & fittings, thole pins, tiller bar and swivel gun mount.  A one pounder swivel gun is mounted in the bow, and two boarding axes hang inside under the rail.  Her sail rig consists of a jib and sprit-rigged main, rows four and is rated for eight men.

In addition to the HORNET, the Navy crews four full scale English 3 pounder cannon.  The cannon barrels, manufactured by Cannon LTD, have a bore size of 3" and overall length of four feet.  On their carriages, each weighs just shy of 500 lbs.  Two of the  guns are currently on Muller naval carriages that the crew built in 2000, and plans are under way to complete the remaining two in early 2002.

Plans are underway to acquire additional vessels into the Navy's service.  Technical drawings are being considered for building a 26' row galley that will mount a full scale 3 or 4 pounder on a carriage in the bow.  If design specifications are agreed upon this year, construction may begin as early as winter of 2003.  Changing the sail plan for the HORNET from sprit rigged to gaff rigged is also Two Pennsylvania State Navy 3 pounders on board the KALMAR NYCKEL during OpSail2000.being considered for 2003.

The Navy can be found at Fort Mifflin on the Delaware each November for the annual Siege reenactment and at Washington Crossing Historic Park throughout the year.  Summer finds the HORNET sailing the Delaware Bay, Vineyard Sound, Lake George and Lake Nockamixon as well as attending a host of 18th century tactical and living history events.  The crew are also members of the Northampton County Militia in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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