While the parliament was pondering, it was reported that two unarmed supply ships and no escort ships from Britain were headed for Quebec. A plan has been drawn up to intercept these ships. However, the armed ships used for interception were not armed ships of the parliament, but of the colonies alone. At that time it was of greater significance than the drafting of a plan to add two ships operating under direct command from parliament to accommodate British supply ships. This was not done until 14 October 1775 when George Washington announced that he had assumed command of three armed sailboats under the Continent Parliament to intercept any British supply ships. near Massachusetts. With the revelation that these ships were sailing under the jurisdiction of the Continent Congress, the decision to add two more ships was easier; the resolution was passed and since then 13 October became a date. The official birthday of the United States Navy.
The Continental Navy achieved mixed results; she was successful in several naval clashes and attacks on British merchant ships but suffered 24 losses  and at times only had two serviceable ships left. After the war with Britain, Congress stopped paying attention to naval forces, but focused only on recovering the new western frontier of the United States. An existing naval force was considered unnecessary because of the high cost of maintenance and its combat role at that time was also limited.