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Birth place of the U.S. Navy

While riding the the m/c up and back to Vermont I noticed a little sign signifying the birth place of the US Navy on the outskirts of Whitehall, NY.

Navy birthplace in dispute; 5 towns lay claim | Fox News

I'm sure the Naval experts can straighten out the true facts concerning this...
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Benedict Arnold commanded a fleet of boats in the first naval conflict of the revolution against a British fleet in Lake Champlain. The British came through the Richelieu Chambly canal from Quebec.
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The Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain- America's Historic Lakes
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Yep, just a few miles from where I live. Whitehall is a sleepy little town right at the last lock of the Champlain Canal. It IS difficult to get aircraft carriers there nowadays:-)
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Well I can tell you that all of us from Marblehead knows that the true home is Marblehead...
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USB was birthed in Congress, which was in Philadelphia at the time.

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Article mentions Marblehead and Beverly was well.
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Yep, just a few miles from where I live. Whitehall is a sleepy little town right at the last lock of the Champlain Canal. It IS difficult to get aircraft carriers there nowadays:-)
Aircraft carriers in late 18th century were much smaller.
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Yes, homing pigeons didn’t take up much hanger space and didn’t require arrestor hooks.
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Re: Birth place of the U.S. Navy

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Benedict Arnold commanded a fleet of boats in the first naval conflict of the revolution against a British fleet in Lake Champlain. The British came through the Richelieu Chambly canal from Quebec.
True Arnold did just that , however he was continental army at the time.
So although naval conflict was no navy.
Question has been debated much
and I guess debate will continue. Believe technical answer is Phila.
when continental congress made it official.
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Interesting that China does not have a navy. It is the People's Liberation Army Navy - a branch of the army. Of course, they have not many naval assets until quite recently.
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