The American Marines of "Old Ironsides"
The year 1794 produced the first legislation since the end of the Revolution authorizing Marines. Early in that year energetic measures were taken to create the "New Navy" to protect our commerce from the Corsairs of Algiers. A Committee on Naval Affairs reported to the House on January 20, 1794, that it was of the opinion that four 24-gun ships would be "sufficient to protect the commerce of the United States against the Algerine corsairs."
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