Commodore John Barry, the Father of the American Navy: A Survey of Extraordinary Episodes in His Naval Career

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Harper & brothers, 1911 - 74 pages
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Page 9 - that the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.
Page 59 - After the termination of hostilities, the Commodore was retained in the public service ; and when, under Mr. Adams's administration, it was deemed expedient to increase the naval establishment, he was appointed to superintend the building of the frigate United States, in Philadelphia, which was designed for his command. His opinion was very influential in the adoption by the government of that excellent model for ships of war, the superiority of which, over every other, has been so strikingly proved,...
Page 65 - Commodore ordered her captain to throw her guns overboard. A sail was then discovered on her weather-bow bearing down upon them; the Alliance hove out a signal, which was answered; she proved to be a French ship, of fifty guns.
Page 25 - I will without a tedious display of reasoning declare in one word, that the advantages of it to America, and the honor and glory of it to the allied arms in these States, must depend absolutely upon the naval force, which is employed in these seas, and the time of its appearance next year. No land force can act decisively, unless it is accompanied by a maritime superiority ; nor can more than negative advantages be expected without it.
Page 19 - Although circumstances have prevented you from reaping the full benefit of your conquest, yet there is ample consolation in the degree of glory, which you have acquired.
Page 48 - SIR: The President of the United States by and with the advice and consent of the Senate has appointed you to be a Captain of one of the ships to be provided in pursuance of the act to provide a naval armament herein enclosed.
Page 73 - Sacred to the memory of COMMODORE JOHN BARRY, Father of the American Navy. Let the Christian, Patriot and Soldier who visits these mansions of the dead view this monument with respect and veneration. Beneath it rest the remains of JOHN BARRY, who was born in County Wexford, Ireland, in the year 1745.
Page 42 - Board to furnish you with everything necessary for equiping your little fleet and with money to procure supplies for your Crews as occasion may require. You will take account of all goods of every kind which you may Capture and prevent their being pilfered. As it will be necessary that you should take with you or appoint on Shore Some honest faithful persons who are well acquainted with the Country and will undertake to procure waggons for the speedy removal...
Page 44 - We having appointed you to command the continental frigate Raleigh now in the Port of Boston in Massachusetts Bay, you are hereby directed to repair immediately to that place and there apply to the Honorable the Commissioners of the Continental Navy Board who will deliver up that Frigate with all her appurtenances to your care, and in due time will give you orders for your...
Page 61 - Commodore Barry was in size above the ordinary stature; his person was graceful and commanding. His whole deportment was marked by dignity unmixed with ostentation ; and his strongly marked countenance was expressive at once of the qualities of his mind, and the virtues of his heart.* • Port Folio.

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