Database:   Alliance - Sybille  

Alliance - Sybille.

Other names: off Havana

What: 10 Mar 1783. *Capt. John Barry, Alliance vs. Sybille.

Where: 28.050291, -79.753068, Alliance-Sybille, 10 Mar 1783

Maps: [map notes]


  • Boatner: p.18-19. January 1783. *Capt. John Barry, Alliance vs. Sybille. "Last naval action of the war, except for some privateer actions."

  • "Captain John Paul Jones: 1775-1783", Surface Navy Association. Dates are those of service. Captain of the Alliance in battle with Sybille. This appears to be in error.

  • Catholic Encyclopedia, "John Barry.
    He sailed, 4 August, 1782, on the most successful cruise of the war; the prizes he captured sold for 600,000. Returning by way of West Indies and Havana, on 10 March 1783, he fell in with the British frigate "Sybille", 38 guns, and after a sharp fight of 45 minutes she hauled off apparently much injured and joined two other ships with which she had been in company. This was the last encounter of the Revolutionary war at sea.

  • John Barry Kelly, "Commodore John Barry, Father of the American Navy".

  • Joint Resolution 98, 105th Congress, 1st Session, 28 Oct 1997: "Whereas Captain John Barry, in command of the frigate Alliance, having successfully transported French gold to America to finance the War for Independence, also won the last sea battle of that war against the HMS Sybille on March 10, 1783"

  • Archive "Naval Battles 1776-1800", map. This map shows the engagement off FL, which is reasonable with it occurring several days after Barry left Havana, and following a chase. Basis for site selection.

  • "Sailing Navies: Chronology - 1775 to 1799". Not listed.

  • Central America and the Caribbean

  • NBBAS:Four 1/1783, off Havana, Alliance-Sybille. Not found.

  • Sherman's Calendar.... These dates not included in this work.

  • RevWar75  listing 1/1783, off Havana, Alliance-Sybille

    Related sites: Alliance-Atalanta

    Confidence level: 0