Archive for the 'Piracy' Category

Mar 27

The Naval Act of 1794: Piracy and the U.S. Navy’s Re-Birth

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 3:00 PM

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Painting of the USS Constitution, the first ship completed after the re-establishment of the Navy.

I learned something today, dear reader. For nine long years, the United States didn’t have a Navy. Nine years! Between August 1785 and 27 March 1794, there were no Naval officers, nor sailors, not even a single ship to the Navy’s name. Yes, today is the anniversary of the rebirth of the United States Navy, and it is all thanks to pirates. At the end of the Revolutionary War in August 1785, Congress sold the last Continental Navy ship, the Alliance. There just simply wasn’t enough money available to maintain a ship or support a naval force. Moreover, the United… Read the rest of this entry »

 
Sep 23

“They Considered Our Squadrons as One.”

Thursday, September 23, 2010 12:01 AM

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Cooperation with coalition partners in the protection of the sea lanes is nothing new to the Navy. We were practicing such cooperation from the early days of our history. During 1823, for example, the United States Navy’s West Indies Squadron, under command of Commodore David Porter, and the Royal Navy squadron, under command of Sir Edward W. C. R. Owen, worked harmoniously together to put down piracies along the coast of the island of Cuba. The two squadrons exchanged recognition signals to prevent misidentifications and avoid unnecessary sea chases. They gave each other intelligence about pirate activity. They loaned each… Read the rest of this entry »