Considered "The Father of the American Navy", John Barry was first made a captain of the Continental Army on March 14th 1776, where he commanded the Lexington, Effingham, Raleigh and Delaware before taking command of the Alliance. His prowess at the helm was much lauded, and allegedly the British offered Barry £100,000 to desert the American Navy and join the British forces, to Barry's great offense. After the Alliance's successful victory against the Sybylle on March 10th 1783, Barry captained a number of merchant ships, helping to open commerce between the United States and China. Nearly ten years after Barry's great victory Washington revived the Navy permanently, and Barry rejoined the forces. He was appointed first on the list of captains in 1794 and given command of the USS United States, a 44 gun frigate, in 1897 along with the title of Commodore.