Petty Officer Second Class, United States Navy Veteran
- Author: Doug Karr
- Date: 10/20/2009
Good question. I consulted the Naval Historical Center website for the answer.
As you know, the 234th birthday of the United States Navy was last week, on October 13th. Way back then, the ships of the Continental Navy were not given names with any real significance – ship names came from all kinds of sources. For example, the very first Continental Navy ship was named Alfred, in honor of the King of Wessex, Alfred the Great, who reportedly commissioned the first naval force in England [remember, at this point, the colonists still felt some allegiance to Britain, so this name choice made sense].