Joshua Humphreys

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Joshua Humphreys, a shipwright from Philadelphia, became the first American Naval Constructor when he was commissioned in 1794 to design and build six frigates, one of which is the USS CONSTITUTION. These vessels were more stable, larger and faster than comparable war ships and were the core of the US Navy's 22 vessel fleet. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1794/04/21 Joshua Humphreys estimates the quantity of Timber Plank for a new warship. Timber harvested from 2,000 Southern live oak trees from Gascoigne Bluff will be used to build the USS CONSTITUTION and five other frigates. Naval Architect Hamilton Plantation Slave Cabins St Simons Island
1794/06/28 Joshua Humphreys is appointed Naval Constructor-In-Chief and soon begins designing new ships. Each of the six frigates that will be built are to be copper bottomed - covered below the waterline with 12000 feet of overlapping copper sheets. Naval Architect USS CONSTITUTION Boston
1799/12/02 USS Chesapeake is launched. The first ship built at Gosport Navy Yard in 1798-1799, Chesapeake is one of a group of six frigates authorized by Congress to Provide a Naval Armament. Naval Architect Drydock No 1 Portsmouth Capture of USS Chesapeake
1803/00/00 Joshua Humphreys' home 1803-1838 Home Pont Reading Ardmore
1803/12/00 We are gaining experience, .... Should I live and be able to take care of the Business for seven years to come I should not get to the Zenith. - Paul Revere to Joshua Humphreys Naval Architect Paul Revere Heritage Site Canton
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