Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Commodore John Barry
Annapolis Charter 300 1708-2008
—Commemorating the 1708 Royal Charter under Queen Anne to the City of Annapolis —
Annapolis' Sister City of Wexford, Ireland, was the boyhood home of John Barry, naval hero of the American Revolution. Barry went to sea as a young boy and advanced to be master of his own vessel. he settled in America and in 1776 joined the fledgling Continental Navy.
In 1778 Barry led a small boat flotilla capturing two British transports laden with supplies, and an armored schooner. General Washington wrote from Valley Forge to congratulate Barry "on the success which crowned your gallantry & address in the late attack on the enemy's ships."
Barry commanded the continental frigate Alliance, was wounded in battle and in 1783 fought HMS Sybil in the last battle of the Revolutionary War. From 1797, Commodore Barry commanded the American squadron deployed to the West Indies. He came ashore at the Washington Navy Yard in 1801.
Commodore Barry was an exceptional seaman and ship handler known for his courage, integrity, and devotion to his adopted nation. He once wrote that America was "the best country for a man to live in under the sun."
The USS Barry DDG 52, an Arleigh Burke class guided missle destroyer commissioned in 1992, is the fourth ship to bear the name of the illustrious Revolutionary War naval hero.
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, 1980
Newport, Wales, 1982
Dumfries, Scotland, 1992
Jinhae, South Korea, 1993
Wexford, Ireland, 1993
Karlskrona, Sweden, 1994
Marsala, Italy, 2000
Tallin, Estonia, 2002
Kronstadt, Russia, 2003
Banjul, The Gambia, 2004
Rochefort, France, 2007
Richmond, England, 2007
Nitcrois, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2008
Erected by the City of Annapolis.
Location. 38° 58.62′ N, 76° 29.064′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Compromise Street south of St. Marys Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Steamboats Give Way to the New Bay Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Transportation on the Chesapeake Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Annapolis: Capital of Commerce (within shouting distance of this marker); Watermen and Working Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Maritime Annapolis: An Enduring Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Gateway to Discovery (within shouting distance of this marker); Annapolis Depicted (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sy Mohr's City Dock Harbormaster Collage (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Categories. • Heroes • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 10, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.