Event Summary

Congress creates a Navy of the United States

Date

March 10, 1794

Description

In face of attacks on American merchant ships, and at urging of President George Washington, Congress creates a Navy of the United States; authorizes construction of three frigates, the USS United States, USS Constitution, and USS Constellation. Joshua Humphreys the principal shipbuilder

Timeline 1

American Navy and Naval Warfare, 1775-1865

Record ID

639