The Continental Navy established on October 13, 1775, was disbanded after the American Revolutionary War. Under the second President John Adams, in response to the threat to American merchant shipping by Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean, the Naval Act 1794 created a permanent standing U.S. Navy. In 1845 the Naval Academy was founded at old Fort Severn by Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland.
George Bancroft (1800 – 1891) was a historian, statesman and diplomat. During his short tenure as US Secretary of the Navy under President James Polk, he founded the Naval Academy.
The upper floor of this building is for student activities. There is a lounge area with many armchairs for students to socialize. The cafeteria is in the lower floor.
Catholic Mass on Sundays is at 9am. There is also a Sunday service for Protestant students here at 11am. Daily Mass takes place at 12:30pm.
Bill the goat
Bill is the mascot of the Naval Academy.
Around “the Yard”
The Yard is what people at the Naval Academy call their campus.
Video tour of the USNA
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