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Report on the Expediency of Establishing Armed Vessels


The Report of the Committee on the expediency of establishing armed Vessels, was considered. The Report is as follows, viz:

Resolved, That a number of armed Vessels, not less than six, to mount from eight to fourteen carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swiyels, &c˙, &c˙, be with all possible despatch provided, fixed, and properly manned, to cruise as the Committee of Safety, or any other person or persons who shall be appointed by this Congress for that purpose, shall from time to time order and direct, for the protection of our trade and sea-coasts against the depredations and piracies of our enemies, and for their annoyance, capture; or destruction.

After debate, the matter was ordered to subside for the present.