|Welcome to the home of the Pennsylvania State Navy.
The current Navy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
whos 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 educational programs at
State Parks, museums and historic sites throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
The HORNET was the first vessel purchased into the Navy's
service. 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.
Plans have been set in motion to construct a
full-scale replica of the Pennsylvania State Navy gunboat BASILISK. At 30' in
length, a crew of twelve and with a 3-pounder cannon in the bow, the BASILISK will take
hands-on historical maritime education to the next level. The Navy has partnered
with the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, who will build the vessel once funding is
The also crew man a battery of full-scale 3-pounder
cannon on naval carriages. The guns have been used at Washington Crossing, Fort
Mifflin, Fort Mercer, Fort Adams and Fort Ticonderoga. They also saw service on
board Delaware's tall ship 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 Navy 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.