|A brief history of the Navy
of the Navy
of Events ~ 2003
into the Navy
|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 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 history
reenactments and public educational programs at State Parks and historic sites throughout
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
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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 was 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 transformation. 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 2003.
Plans are also 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 pounder on a carriage in the
bow. If design specifications are agreed upon this year, construction may begin as
early as winter of 2003.
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.