Navy League Honors Tim McGrath, Barry Biographer
10 June 14, the Commodore Barry Club participated in a gala dinner at Fraunces Tavern to honor naval historian Tim McGrath for his contributions to naval history. He wrote a biography, John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail and Give Me a Fast Ship, an account of the early American Navy. The event marked the establishment of an annual Commodore Barry Book Award. Fraunces is one of New York City’s most historic landmarks. Here the George Washington bade farewell to his troops at the end of the Revolutionary War.
The Naval Historical Foundation and the National Maritime Historical Society sponsored a reception, which was held in the Flag Gallery of the Sons of the Revolution.
Commodore Barry was born in Wessex, Ireland and immigrated to North America as a cabin boy. His seafaring skills quickly earned him promotion. The Continental Congress and George Washington appointed him the first commissioned officer in the American Navy. He fought many sea battles and even assisted in some land engagements for his adopted country. After the war, he continued building the navy and is known today as the Father of the American Navy.
The Commodore Barry Club was active in planning the Commodore Barry Memorial at the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, which was dedicated this May.
The Club will commemorate the 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn at the Green-Wood Cemetery Main Gate, 5th Ave & 25th St., at 12 Noon, Sunday, 24 August.
The Club will commemorate Irish Heritage Trail & Irish Patriots Day at the Green-Wood Cemetery, 5th Ave & 25th St., at 12 Noon, Saturday, 6 September. The day will begin with a Mass in the Chapel. The Irish American Parade Committee will honor Ed Cush, organizer of the Kings County Memorial Parade. Following the ceremonies, members will visit memorials in the cemetery. The Green-Wood Trolley will assist those who would like to ride to the sites.