The Pennsylvania State Navy

Welcome to the website of the PENNSYLVANIA STATE NAVY. We are a Philadelphia based 501(c)3 living history organization dedicated to educating the public by preserving and interpreting the history of the PA Navy and its role in defending Philadelphia during the years 1775-1778. The land based history of the PA Navy was as important as its river based service in the fight for Philadelphia. We primarily interpret the alarm posts that dotted the Delaware River between Cape Henlopen (Lewes, DE) and Point No Point (Frankford Creek). Each of these alarm posts were armed with 3 pounder cannons.

As a member of the Continental Line, we participate in military reenactments during the course of the campaign season, as well as various living history demonstrations. Many of our members are skilled in 18th century trades and crafts and enjoy interpreting those skills as well. Although an artillery unit, we also field as militia when appropriate, just as the original Pennsylvania Navy did in 1777. Our main field piece is a replica Verbruggen 3 pounder cannon on a garrison carriage that goes by the name, Defiance. She is supported by a 2 inch bronze coehorn named Hellmouth.


The Alarm Station Report

The "Alarm Station Report" is PSN's blog for updates and news on the Pennsylvania State Navy. Keep up to date on our whereabouts by visiting us there!

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Meet DEFIANCE, the Pennsylvania Navy's sub-caliber Verbruggen 3 pounder. The original Verbruggen cannons were manufactured by Jan Verbruggen, Master Founder, and […]

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The Pennsylvania State Navy is comprised of sailors, landsmen, marines, craftsmen, men and women. All are part of the Revolutionary War history we seek to represent in our […]

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