IMPORTANT DATES IN COMMODORE BARRY'S LIFE


1745 – Born, Tacumshin, County Wexford Ireland

1760- Moves to Philadelphia, Barry grew to be a tall (6’4”), muscular, well respected seaman. A salient event which occurred in Barry’s youth lead to a lifelong enmity of oppression and the British

1766 – September 29 receives first command, the Schooner “Barbadoes”

1767 – October 31 Marries Mary Clary

1774 – February 9 First Wife Dies

1775 – September 10-11 – Captures 18th century speed record for Trans-Atlantic crossing of ocean, recording 237 miles traveled during on e 24 hour period.

1775 – October – Named Outfitter of first Continental Fleet

1776 – March 14 – Receives commission for John Hancock as Captain in Continental Navy and command of Brig. “Lexington”.

1776 – April 7 – Captures first British Warship under Continental Authority the Tender - HMS Edward

1777 – January 3 Fights at Battle of Princeton

1777 – January 8 Meets George Washington for first time

1778 – March 7 Captures 2 Transports and a schooner in Spectacular boat raid in Lower Delaware

1778 – March 12 – receives personal commendations from Washington for valor under arms

1778- September 28 – Stubbornly defends ship Raleigh in Battle with superior forces of British frigate and ship of the line

1779 – Elected a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

1781 – May 28 – defeats HMS Atlanta and HMS Trepassey both sloops, off Newfoundland

1785 – October 31 – elected a member of the Society of the Cincinnati Fraternal order of Revolutionary Officers from Army and Navy.

1787 – December 10 – Sales to Canton, China from Philadelphia in Merchant Ship, Asia

1790 – Elected a member of the Hibernian Society for the relief of emigrants from Ireland.

1794 – June 4 – Named Senior Captain of U.S. Navy

1797 – May 10 – Presides over launching of his 44 gun frigate and flagship USS United States

1801 – March 6 – Final day of active duty in U.S. Navy

1803 – September 12 – Dies in Philadelphia, still head of U.S. Navy

1803 – September 14 – buried at Old St. Mary’s in Philadelphia with full military honors.
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