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The Pennsylvania State Navy, Inc. is a
non-profit organizationto all people regardless of age, gender or race. Anyone
may join. However, because much of the unit's activities takes place on the water
and with large artillery, there are reasonable restrictions that should appear to be
common sense to most people. Regardless, we still find it necessary to spell things
First: In order to crew on board any vessel under the Navy's
charge, you must be able to swim well and possess the strength necessary to work a vessel
under laboring conditions.
Second: Because we deal with large artillery
and considerable amounts of gunpowder, you must be willing to learn and perform a standard
gun drill as laid down by the Pennsylvania State Navy instructions.
Third: Anyone not capable of working on board
a vessel or being part of a gun crew is welcome either as part of an armed land detachment
or as a campfollower or tradesman.
Lastly: Those wishing to enlist in
the Navy must present themselves to the officers and crew of the PSN at an event prior to
joining in order to meet the crew and see first hand what it is you're about to get
Those wishing to join are required to pay
yearly membership dues. The fees for individuals and families are as follows:
Individual membership: $25
Family membership: $45
Out of these dues, $10 from the individual
and $30 from the family memberships helps pay for the unit's minimum injury insurance
required for members to attend events. The remaining $15 is paid into the Treasury
to provide for unit expenses over the course of the year.
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The Navy is divided into three groups of men,
Sailors, Landsmen & Marines.
The sailor is the backbone of the Navy. He is capable of crewing a boat, ship or gun
and partakes in landing parties and cutting out expeditions. He gets wet a lot and
doesn't complain (much). The uniform & gear requirements for a sailor is:
Shirt (white, off-white, gray, natural, checked, etc.)
A wool work coat or sailors' coat
Black neck kerchief
Stockings and garters (optional)
Shoes with buckles
A hat or head covering (plain tricorne, wool hat, felt hat, straw hat,
head scarf, etc. - NO MILITARY COCKED HATS!)
A good knife
Sailors are not required to carry a firearm, but may be "issued"
muskets, pistols, grenades or boarding axes accordingly. They will need to purchase
a cutlass and black shoulder carriage.
One third of the Pennsylvania State Navy were landsmen - men without maritime
experience. During the Revolution, the Navy took whatever men they could find, and
since men were needed for the row galleys, anyone strong enough to work the oars in the
Delaware Bay was a great improvement over no one at all. There is no uniform stated
for a "landsman", and the following basic guidelines for appropriate 18th
century clothing will suffice:
Landsmen often learned the skills necessary to become a sailor.
Others with fighting experience, either from serving in a regular army or militia, joined
The first marines to be recruited for the Pennsylvania State Navy
were authorized by the Committee of Safety on March 3rd, 1776, more than eight months
before Congress called for the formation of the Continental Marines. There were
marines assigned to every boat, galley and ship in the fleet. They are Marines by
definition...need we say more? They wore a uniform similar to the Continental
Brown wool coat with hunter green facings, collar and
Black neck stock
White stockings and garters
Shoes with buckles
Black military cocked hat trimmed in white
The Marine's arms and gear include:
Musket (2nd Model Brown Bess, Charleville, Committee of
Cartridge Box on a white shoulder belt
Bayonet and tomahawk on a white shouldered double frog
Other accessories as required to maintain your firelock,
|Interested in joining the Pennsylvania
The unit requires that anyone interested in joining
attend one scheduled event to observe what it is like
to reenact history with the Navy. Reenacting is not
for everyone. Belonging to this unit requires commitment,
both in your time and to some degree your money.
B E W A R N E D ! !
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