In 1794 the United States were trading things across the oceans to other countries such as England. What had been happening is that every time we would send a ship out it would be raided by attacking pirates. All we could do was tell them to stop attacking us. Of course that did no good and the raids continued. Congress decided that they had to make a formal Navy. So in 1794, the Naval Act began. The United States mad six frigates of their Navy. The original six were: USS Chesapeake, USS Constitution, USS United States, USS President, USS Congress, and USS Constellation.
So I am going to compare the USS Constellation to a Navy ship today, the USS Port Royal. The USS Constellation was the first ever Navy ship to set sail and the first to destroy an enemy ship. It first set sail in 1797 and was decommissioned in 1853. The USS Constellation had a length of 164 feet and weighed a whopping 1265 tons. It was armed with 20 cannons and 28 long guns. The USS Port Royal is 567 feet long and a huge weight of 9600 tons! It carries 2 Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk. It is HEAVILY ARMED with many automatic turrents, automatic cannons, and many torpedo launchers of different varieties. As you can see the devolpment of ships over the years has greatly changed as the USS Port Royal would probably DESTROY the USS Constellation in a couple of seconds.
USS Port Royal (Top) USS Constellation (Bottom)