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Uniforms of the Continental Navy, 1776-1783 by CdreJohnPaulJones Uniforms of the Continental Navy, 1776-1783 by CdreJohnPaulJones
Uniforms of the Continental Navy

The first row of uniforms reflect the regulations authorized by Congress upon the Navy's founding. From left to right, the uniforms are:
- Midshipman
- Sailing Master
- Lieutenant
- Captain
- John Paul Jones' Variant of Captain

In 1777, John Paul Jones collected the opinions of several other officers and proposed a new set of uniform regulations to Congress. In addition to being a dandy, Jones was an advocate for asymmetrical warfare. As such, his primary argument to Congress was that adopting uniforms faced with white and trimmed with gold would liken them to the Royal Navy, displaying their ability to match them blow for blow. Congress was vehemently opposed to this proposition, as they wanted nothing to do with uniforms that suggested wealth and power. Nevertheless, when John Adams was at a dinner party in France in 1779, he spied Jones wearing a blue and white uniform, which was even more gilded that the Captain's uniform he had proposed to Congress. It is believed that Jones was wearing this uniform at the Battle of Flamborough Head on September 23rd, 1779. The uniforms in the second row are, from left to right:
- Midshipman
- Sailing Master
- Lieutenant
- Captain
- John Paul Jones' Variant of Captain

The bottom row is dedicated to the Continental Marines. Initially, their uniforms were green with white facings, as seen in the first two uniforms. However, in 1779, the facings were altered to red. When ashore, the Marines wore spatterdashes to maintain the cleanliness of their uniforms. The uniform on the far right is that of the French-Irish Marines who served on Bonhomme Richard.
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Messenger-Of-Chaos Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The original OGs.
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Randal-L Apr 4, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Someone's got time on their hands! :XD:
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