USS Alfred – First to Hoist U.S. Flag

On December 3, 1775, the warship USS Alfred, formerly a merchant vessel called Black Prince was commissioned into the Continental Navy of what would become the United States of America. During the commissioning ceremonies on the western shore of the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, newly-appointed Lieutenant John Paul Jones has the honor to hoist the Grand Union flag, the first time the banner that … Continue reading USS Alfred – First to Hoist U.S. Flag