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Independence Philadelphia

COMMODORE JOHN BARRY - "Father of the American Navy," (1745-1803)

Meet Philadelphia's Irish-born naval commander, Commodore John Barry.
Barry was born in a modest thatched cottage in 1745 at Ballysampson on Our Lady's Island, which is part of Tacumshin Parish in County Wexford, Ireland.
In the space of 58 years, this son of a poor Irish farmer rose from humble cabin boy to senior commander of the entire United States fleet.
Intrepid in battle, he was humane to his men as well as adversaries and prisoners.
Barry's war contributions are unparalleled: he was the first to capture a British war vessel on the high seas; he captured two British ships after being severely wounded in a ferocious sea battle; he quelled three mutinies; he fought on land at the Battles of Trenton and Princeton; he captured over 20 ships including an armed British schooner in the lower Delaware; he authored a Signal Book which established a set of signals used for effective communication between ships; and he fought the last naval battle of the American Revolution aboard the frigate Alliance in 1783.

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Knox O24-Jan-2010 10:10
A most excellent composition!
Dara Su16-Jan-2010 03:18
Nice shot. Love the tone.V.
Ray :)05-Jan-2010 18:10
Thanks for the history lesson, and the reminder that the special relationship hasn't always been there ;-)
Guest 04-Jan-2010 01:00
Lovely tone and a great capture. Thank you so much for the info Steph!
Guest 03-Jan-2010 23:08
Noy quite was I was expecting from your intor but a wonderful shot... works well in sepia and thanks for the history too!
globalgadabout03-Jan-2010 16:04
fine composition and impressive story of this resolute man..V
Sheila03-Jan-2010 08:56
Great shot and very nice toning.
Carl and Racine Erland03-Jan-2010 06:15
Fantastic capture, well composed with a great background and beautiful tones. - V
LynnH03-Jan-2010 03:43
A great shot, Steph! I like the narrative, you know me... the history buff.
Available Light Images03-Jan-2010 00:54
Very strong image, highlighted by the perspective and your processing. Completes it very well..
bill friedlander03-Jan-2010 00:46
Super angle to show the determination and heroism of this man.
Jeff Lobaugh03-Jan-2010 00:42
Great detail throughout!!
Barbara Heide03-Jan-2010 00:24
Hi John! lovely shot and story!
Cindi Smith03-Jan-2010 00:03
Love it! Almost posted a statue today. I like did good, girl!
Walter Otto Koenig02-Jan-2010 23:17
Cool shot looking up like this, with very nice details. Not a lot of people know about Barry. If you're ever in DC you can see the destroyer USS Barry at the Washington Naval Yard.
patou02-Jan-2010 23:13
Belle prise et bon traitement ( v )
Jim Stone02-Jan-2010 22:57
He went thataway!
Doug Cruden02-Jan-2010 22:29
Super composition - you've got the PoV and perspective just right here Stephanie, well done! Excellent toning as well...V
Antonio Ruggiero02-Jan-2010 21:31
Ottima photo....Bravo....V
J. Scott Coile02-Jan-2010 18:44
A man who loved the smell of the sea.
Ed McConnell02-Jan-2010 16:24
nice find and shot..interesting history also Stephanie..
Ronald Bijtenhoorn02-Jan-2010 15:42
Like the angle towards the statue
Fay Stout02-Jan-2010 15:15
And here I thought it was going to be Johnny Carson...
Aud Elise Sjøsæther02-Jan-2010 14:37
Wonderful capture! Very nice angle and tone! V
Guest 02-Jan-2010 14:15
They weren't strong on colors in those days, just on liberty!
Phillip Normanton02-Jan-2010 14:03
"Father of the American Navy" - crikey he must've been a busy chap!! :o)
carabias02-Jan-2010 13:45
Very nice photography, Stephanie. And an interesting history!! -V-
Guest 02-Jan-2010 13:32
Great bit of history Stephanie.. and a beautiful photo too! V
Nancy Good02-Jan-2010 13:14
Great work pairing the statue with the clock tower. Thanks for the history lesson, too!
Guest 02-Jan-2010 13:14
Really like the post processing here... well done. Jv V!
Yvonne02-Jan-2010 11:57
Excellent capture of the statue & complimentary background!
Guest 02-Jan-2010 11:34
Beautiful light and nice detail. v
Bernard Davis02-Jan-2010 11:31
Powerful shot,looks good in these tones.
Kathryn02-Jan-2010 11:24
Powerful shot of a powerful man.
Guest 02-Jan-2010 11:18
A strong image!
borisalex02-Jan-2010 10:55
Glory , glory to this men...
Roby02-Jan-2010 10:43
beautiful shot, V
Guest 02-Jan-2010 10:21
And you learn something every day, thanks for sharing both words and pictures.
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)02-Jan-2010 10:12
beautiful image! V.
Guest 02-Jan-2010 10:09
Awesome capture, and great bronze tone, V
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography02-Jan-2010 09:58
hurry !
Colin Storey02-Jan-2010 09:54
Wonderful mono image and detailed words about it. v
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