Commodore John Barry, Father of The American Navy..

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UploadedMarch 10, 2009
TakenMarch 10, 2009
ModelFinePix S8000fd
Exposure1/170 sec at f/4.5
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Focal Length30.9 mm
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This monument was presented to the people of Ireland by the United States of America in 1956 in recognition of Commodore Barry's outstanding contribution to the naval annals of his adopted Country
John Barry was born at Ballysampson, Wexford Ireland In 1745. His father was a poor tenant farmer who was evicted by his English landlord. The family had to relocate to Rosslare, where the young John developed a love of the sea. Barry started out as a humble cabin boy and in the space of 58 years he rose to senior commander of the entire United States Fleet.
He was the first to capture a british war vessel on the high sea
he quelled three mutinies
he fought on land at the battles of Trenton and Princeton
He captured over 20 ships including an armed british schooner in the lower delaware
He faught the last naval battle of the American Revolution aboard the frigate Alliance in 1783.
He is buried in Philadelphia's Old St Mary's churchyard.

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10 responses

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (10 Mar 2009):

    Wonderful shot! A great historical essay too. Thank you for this new knowledge.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Mar 2009):

    A member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Rock on eithne.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (10 Mar 2009):

    Great story and shot!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (11 Mar 2009):

    Great photo and I like the history lesson that you put with it!

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff said (11 Mar 2009):

    Thankyou for teaching us a thing or two. Great Find !

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (11 Mar 2009):

    wonderful shot and story, thank you

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (11 Mar 2009):

    Great historical essay Eithne and a wonderful picture too!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (12 May 2009):

    Great presentation... colorful and well composed "travel photo" ...could go on a brochure!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (30 Aug 2009):

    What a magnificent sculpture and what a great story told by a superb storyteller. The men in my family have gone to West Point and Annapolis for generations; my father graduated from Annapolis in 1945. Fascinating capture. Outstanding history.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (31 Aug 2009):

    Thank you Richard for your very kind words..

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