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On patrol off Fort Mifflin on the Delaware.The HORNET under full sail on Lake George, NYgun3.jpg (14453 bytes)

Welcome to the home of the Pennsylvania State Navy.  The current Navy was incorporated in January, 2000 as a non-profit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Its mission 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 hornet78.jpg (12114 bytes)educational programs at State Parks, museums and historic sites throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

The HORNET was purchased by Damian Siekonic in August of 2000.  She is an 18' long Hankins Skiff constructed of cedar plank over oak.  When purchased, she was already restored to modern standards.  During the winter of 2000-2001, the crew stripped all of her fittings and began the transformation.  Cotton canvas sails were made, 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 sits in the bow, and two boarding axes hang inside under the rail.  Her sail rig consists of a jib and a sprit-rigged main, rows four and is rated for eight men.

In October of 2004 the Navy acquired a second Hankins Skiff that when restored will serve as a Jolly Boat and tender.  Technical drawings are also being considered for building a 28' armed sloop or galley. 

crew5.jpg (26758 bytes)The crew man a battery of full-scale 3 pounder cannon on naval carriages.  The guns have been used at Washington Crossing, Fort Mifflin, Fort Adams and Fort Ticonderoga.  They also saw service on board the KALMAR NYCKEL during OpSail2000.

In 2004 the Navy was voted into the Continental Line as the first naval unit in the organization's history.  Summer finds the HORNET sailing the Delaware Bay, Lake George, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound and Lake Nockamixon as well as attending a host of 18th century tactical and living history events.

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