Talk:US frigate Chesapeake

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There is a problem with the naming of this article. The United States does not designate sailing vessels with "USN". Vessels of the United States Navy are designated as USS, which stands for United States Ship. This article should be titled USS Chesapeake. See Wikipedia article USS Chesapeake (1799). Opus 10:28, 4 January 2009 (GMT)

See WikiPOBia talk:Style Manual. I think the salient point is that POB used the designation "USN" for the Chesapeake (perhaps his research revealed that as the actual designation used at the time?) so that is what is used here. Some discussion of this in the article might be appropriate, since this is likely to be a continuing source of confusion. Jblumel 15:06, 4 January 2009 (GMT)

United States Navy prefix "USS"

Hello - I used "USN" when I named the Constitution article because the style manual said to do so ... but your discussion prompted me to look a little further, and I found the following quote from the Naval Historical Center website, at [1].

"Into the early years of the 20th century there was no fixed form for Navy ship prefixes. Ships were rather haphazardly identified, in correspondence or documents, by their naval type (U.S. Frigate ____), their rig (United States Barque ____), or their function (United States Flag-Ship ______). They might also identify themselves as "the Frigate _____," or, simply, "Ship ______." The term "United States Ship," abbreviated "USS," is seen as early as the late 1790s; it was in frequent, but far from exclusive, use by the last half of the 19th century."

The exclusive use of "USS" by the U.S. Navy was apparently not official until an executive order in 1907.

Paulster13 03:47, 5 January 2009 (GMT)

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