Photo #: NH 85796 An Act to provide a naval armament Printed copy of the act adopted by the Third Congress of the United States, in response to the depredations committed by the Algerine corsairs on the commerce of the United States and approved on 27 March 1794. It authorizes acquisition of ships, commissioning of officers and raising of crews, and specifies ship manning levels, pay and rations. The document is signed by Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg (Speaker of the House of Representatives), Vice President John Adams (President of the Senate) and President George Washington. The original document is presumably held by the U.S. National Archives. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.