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 This portrait of Commodore John Barry hangs in the Rhode Island State House.



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Answers to our Commodore Barry Quiz  
How much do you know about the Father of the U.S. Navy?

We sent an email with these questions to our members and friends. How many could you answer?

1. Where and when did the epithet "Father of the Navy" first appear in print?

The earliest recorded use of the term was in 1813 in a biographical profile of Commodore Barry published in Nicholas Biddle's literary journal, Port Folio.

2. True or false? John Barry's inspiration for a sea career was his father.

False. John Barry's father was a farmer. His uncle, Nicholas Barry, was the fishing skiff captain who inspired his nephew to head to sea.

3. Which of his commands was Commodore Barry's favorite?

The frigate Alliance, on which he fought his most famous battle in 1781, was his favorite. It was also the only regularly commissioned Continental Navy ship remaining afloat at the end of the Revolution in 1783.

4. Which country honored the Commodore with a postage stamp, Ireland or the United States?

Trick question, they both did.

5. True or false? John Barry stood nearly a foot taller than most men of his day.

True. At 6'4", John Barry towered over other men, who at that time averaged in the mid-five-feet range.

BONUS: How many organizations and sites can you list that are named for Commodore John Barry?

This is a partial list. Email us at info@nynavyleague.org if you know of other honors:

  • Statues in Franklin Square, Washington, DC, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA, and Wexford, Ireland
  • Plaques at Port Canaveral, FL, Boston Common in Boston, MA, and in Borough Hall in Staten Island, NY
  • A portrait in the Rhode Island State House, Providence, RI
  • Four U.S.N. destroyers, including the current DDG-52 stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, a U.S. Revenue Cutter and a U.S. liberty ship
  • Academic campus honors including John Barry Hall at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Villanova University, the entrance from downtown Annapolis to the visitors center at U.S. Naval Academy, and elementary schools in Philadelphia, PA, and Chicago, IL
  • Designation of 13 September as Commodore John Barry Day in Rhode Island and in public schools in New Jersey
  • Clubs in Brooklyn, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Annapolis, MD
  • A bridge from Chester, PA, to Fort Lee, NJ
  • A township in Schuykill, PA
  • The oldest park in the borough of Brooklyn, NY
  • A bar in Muscat, Oman
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