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Commodore Barry Book Award


Commodore John Barry
By Gilbert Stuart (1801)
 

The annual Commodore John Barry Book Award was established by the New York Council to recognize and encourage excellence from authors who have made significant contributions to American maritime literature. A specific emphasis is placed on books pertaining to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine.

The inspiration for this award is the life and service of Commodore John Barry (1745-1803), a native of County Wexford, Ireland and a Continental Navy Hero of the American War for Independence. Barry's many victories at sea during the Revolution were important to the morale of the patriots as well as to the successful prosecution of the War. As a result, President George Washington turned to Barry to build and lead the Nation's new Navy, the successor to the Continental Navy. Furthermore, effective June 7, 1794, President Washington conferred upon Barry the rank of Captain with "Commission No. 1", United States Navy. Barry supervised the construction of his own flagship, the USS United States. As commander of the first United States naval squadron under the Constitution, which included the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"), Barry was a Commodore with the right to fly a broad pennant, which made him a flag officer.

Barry continued serving as the senior officer of the United States Navy, with the title of “Commodore” (in official correspondence) under Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The ships built by Barry, the captains he selected and the officers he trained constituted the United States Navy that performed outstanding service in the “Quasi-War” with France, in battles with the Barbary pirates and in the War of 1812. President George W. Bush recognized John Barry in 2005 as the first flag officer of the United States Navy.

This year's reception and dinner will be held Wednesday, June 6 at the historic Fraunces Tavern.

Tickets will be on sale soon. See our calendar listing for more information.

Commodore John Barry Book Award Winners include:

2014 - John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail by Tim McGrath

2015 - NEPTUNE: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings, by Craig L. Symonds 

2016 - Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and Americas Revolution at Sea, by Tim McGrath

2017 - The Fleet at Flood Tide — America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944–1945by James D. Hornfischer

2018 - The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution, by Robert P. Watson

The Award Committee will be selecting a winner for the 2019 Commodore John Barry Book Award after reviewing books that have made significant contributions to American maritime literature. If you wish to submit your book, please email info@nynavyleague.org for more information.

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