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Strengthen National Security: Support the U.S.-flag Fleet

2019-07-29
The Issue The state of the U.S.-flag fleet is at a tipping point. The American oceangoing fleet...
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2019 Barry Award Announcement  
Barry Award Committee Announces 2019 Award Recipient

The New York Council Navy League’s 2019 Commodore John Barry Book Award for American Maritime History will be awarded to Nathaniel Philbrick for In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown(New York: Viking, 2018), on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Fraunces Tavern®(54 Pearl Street – near Battery Park) in New York City. 

Rear Admiral J. Robert Lunney of the New York Council, in making the announcement, noted “In the Hurricane’s Eyeis an argument for a strong American Navy and Merchant Marine.” He quoted Washington as having written to Lafayette, “No land force can act decisively unless accompanied by a maritime superiority.” It is also a page-turner of an exciting tale of one of the most decisively significant naval battles in history and how it came to pass. Without the naval victory at the Virginia Capes on the September 5, 1781, Cornwallis is rescued from Yorktown and the war goes on, and on, and on. With it, another British field army surrenders and American Independence is virtually assured. Still, it was a very near thing. 

Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of many, most readable books, including In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship EssexSea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery – The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1832-1842Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War; and Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and its People, 1602-1890In the Hurricane’s Eyewould seem to complete a trilogy on the American Revolution and War for Independence, preceded by Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege. A Revolution, and Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution.

Fraunces Tavern is where General George Washington celebrated the evacuation of the last British forces from New York on the last day of the American War for Independence, November 25, 1783, and later, in the Long Room, on December 4, the “Cincinnatus of the West” bade farewell to his officers prior to going back to his home and farm in Virginia via returning his commission to Congress. 

The inspiration for the New York Council’s award is the life and service of Commodore John Barry (1745- 1803), a Continental Navy hero of the American War for Independence, later chosen by President George Washington to build and lead the new United States Navy, successor to the Continental Navy. Under Public Law 109-142 - Pursuant to a Joint Resolution of Congress on December 22, 2005, John Barry was formally recognized in the Public Law of the United States as the first flag officer of the United States Navy, and similarly, in a memorial at the U.S. Naval Academy on May 10, 2014. Previous recipients of the Commodore John Barry Book Award for American Maritime Literature include: James D. Hornfischer,The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944 - 1945; Tim McGrath, Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America’s Revolution at Sea; Robert P. Watson, The GHOST SHIP of BROOKLYN: An Untold Story of the American Revolution; Craig L. Simonds, Emeritus Professor of History, U.S. Naval Academy and now Strategy Department, U.S. Naval War College, NEPTUNE: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings

The 2019 Commodore John Barry Book Award for American Maritime Literature will be presented at a dinner with the author at Fraunces Tavern®on the evening of Thursday, June 6 after a 6:00 P.M. reception in the Davis Flag Gallery of Fraunces Tavern Museum (54 Pearl Street, New York City - near Battery Park, Bowling Green and the Staten Island Ferry). For additional information, or reservations, please visit our calendar listing.

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