patriots & pirates
The United States Navy Started Right Here, in Philadelphia
Did you know that the city of Philadelphia had a significant role in the founding of the United States Navy?
Your visit wouldn’t be complete without climbing aboard Schooner Diligence, a replica of the original vessel built in 1797 by Joshua and Samuel Humphreys in Philadelphia. Ships like Diligence played a vital role in developing the early Navy toward defending American merchant ships from attacks by Britain, France, and the Barbary pirates. The original Diligence was commissioned for the Revenue-Marines and immediately transferred to Captain John Barry’s squadron stationed in the West Indies to protect commerce in the Caribbean.
Schooner Diligence was built in-house by our very own staffers and volunteers in the Seaport Boat Shop. Make sure to sea what they are up to on our next visit!
As you tour the gallery, make sure to be on the lookout for rare artifacts explicitly displayed for the exhibit. Examples include:
visit the seaport museum
Immerse yourself in award-winning and interactive exhibits and climb aboard the oldest floating steel warship in the world on Cruiser Olympia and submerge yourself aboard the World War II-era Submarine Becuna.