LAST NAVAL BATTLE
The Florida Society Sons of the American Revolution
Welcomes you to the 233rd Anniversary Celebration of The Last Naval Battle of the
American Revolution - Saturday March 5, 2016
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.