Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution

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Story of the battle

The Last Naval Battle Captain John Barry left France on December 8, 1782 and arrived in the port of Martinique on January 8, 1783. There he received orders from Robert Morris, dated October 11, 1782, sending him to Havana to pick up "specie for Congress" and deliver the cargo to Philadelphia. Despite the long wait for the orders, Captain Barry prepared his ship for the journey.1 Along the way during his cruise to Havana, the Alliance had spotted various vessels just off the horizon, but was never quite able to identify them or give chase. Ultimately he realized that several British vessels were patrolling the waters and more than once he had to use the speed of the Alliance to avoid capture.

On March 10, 1783 two Continental Navy ships the Duc De Lauzun and the Alliance were in route from Havana Cuba to Philadelphia with 72,000 Spanish coins along the east coast of Florida when three British warships the Sybil, the Alarm and the Tobago spotted the Continental ships. With the Duc De Lauzun being loaded with the precious cargo, Captain John Green could not out run the British. The Sybil caught up to the Duc De Lauzun and exchanged gunfire. Mean-while Captain John Barry maneuvered the Alliance between the Duc De Lauzun and British war-ship Sybil. Once the Alliance was alongside the Sybil and just yards away, he ordered his crew to fire upon the Sybil. Being outgunned, the Sybil changed course and followed the other British ships Alarm and Tobago.

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