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The Story of Commodore John Barry   By: (1842-1911)

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[Illustration: COMMODORE BARRY

(After Chappelle)]

THE STORY

OF

COMMODORE JOHN BARRY

"Father of the American Navy"

BY

MARTIN I.J. GRIFFIN

Historian of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Philadelphia

" I serve the country for nothing " BARRY

" May a suitable recompense always attend your bravery " WASHINGTON

PHILADELPHIA

1908

Dedicated

TO

The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland

ST. PATRICK'S DAY 1908

MARTIN I.J. GRIFFIN, Historian of the Society .

COPYRIGHT 1908

THE STORY

OF

COMMODORE JOHN BARRY

"Father of the American Navy"

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CHAPTER I.

HIS NAVAL RENOWN HIS CAREER IN THE COLONIAL MERCANTILE MARINE SERVICE APPOINTED TO THE "LEXINGTON" BY THE CONTINENTAL MARINE COMMITTEE HIS FIRST CRUISE.

The American Navy by its achievements has won enduring fame and imperishable honor. The careers of many of its heroes have been narrated fully, and oft in fulsome terms. All Americans unite in these tributes of praise where justly due.

JOHN BARRY has, aptly and justly, been called "THE FATHER OF THE AMERICAN NAVY." His early, constant and worthy services in defence of our country; his training many of those who became the foremost and most distinguished sons of the sea in our early naval annals makes the title one fitly bestowed.

The Congress of his country having directed the erection in the Capital City of the Nation of a monument commemorative of the man and his deeds, this is a fitting time to present a brief record of his career and of his deeds during the Revolutionary War, which won the Independence of our Country, and also in the War with France, which maintained the integrity of the new Nation and the protection of its commerce. In both wars he bore a heroic part. At all times his services were useful and brilliant.

"Captain John Barry may justly be considered the Father of our Navy," wrote Mr. Dennie in The Portfolio , July 1813, in giving the first biographical sketch of this distinguished naval officer. "The utility of whose services and the splendor of whose exploits entitle him to the foremost rank among our naval heroes."

Allen's Biographical Dictionary , published in 1809, declared he "was a patriot of integrity and unquestioned bravery."

Frost's Naval Biography states: "Few commanders were employed in a greater variety of services or met the enemy under greater disadvantages," and yet he did not fail to acquit himself of his duty in a manner becoming a skillful seaman and a brave warrior.

[Illustration: THE BARONY OF FORTH]

"His public services were not limited to any customary rule of professional duty, but without regard to labor, danger or excuses, his devotion to his Country kept him constantly engaged in acts of public utility. The regard and admiration of General Washington, which he possessed in an eminent degree, were among the most eminent fruits of his patriotic career."

Judson's Sages and Heroes of the Revolution says: "Barry was noble in spirit, humane in discipline, discreet and fearless in battle, urbane in his manners, a splendid officer, a good citizen, a devoted Christian and a true Patriot."

Many other quotations might be cited to show the high esteem in which Commodore John Barry was held as well also the importance of his services to our Country.

A brief narration of his career will set forth the character and worth of these services as well as afford proof of the valor and fidelity of this most successful naval officer.

[Illustration: BALLYSAMPSON]

John Barry was born in 1745 in the townland of Ballysampson. He lived his boyhood in the townland of Roostoonstown, both in the parish of Tacumshin, Barony of Forth, Province of Leinster in Ireland. The parish covers three thousand acres. It is situated between two townland locked gulfs with very narrow openings Lake Tacumshin and Lady's Island Lake... Continue reading book >>




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