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 Edward Robert Barry

Edward Robert Barry

Stoughton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 4 Oct 1950 (aged 62)
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Burial Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA
Plot Section 41 - Lot 168 (first section on right)
Memorial ID 47450726 · View Source
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Edward attended Rockland High School (Mass). He became an employee of the New England Steamship Company in 1904 and for several years was a quartermaster on the company's Fall River, Newport, and New York Line. He joined the Navy when he was 18 and was originally sent to Japan. He went down in Navy history as one of its outstanding baseball players. He was eventually assigned to duty in Newport where he met his wife Mary C. They were married when he was 19 and she was 17. They moved to Jamestown and remainded residents for the rest of their lives. Edward stayed in the Navy for 4 more years.

During World War I he served on vessels of the Standard Oil Company, operating out of New York and supplying convoys with oil. He was employed at the Naval Torpedo Station as a machinist after World War I, leaving there to enter the employ of the ferry company.

He studied at home and became one of the few licensed ship pilots with an unlimited license that allowed him to navigate any size vessel in any body of water anywhere in the world. He received his commission as a Lt. Commander in the US Coast Guard and was stationed on a navy ship, Childon, home port Newport, RI. During World War II he was the first pilot to take air craft carriers up Narragansett Bay to Quonset.

He was the captain of the Jamestown Ferry for 25 years and then became a Director and Manager of the Ferry Company in 1946. During the 1938 hurricane, he was aboard the ferry Beavertail that ended up aground on Jamestown. During a later hurricane, he piloted the oil tanker Ninada through the height of the storm to safety.

He was active in Jamestown politics and was elected Jamestown town auditor in 1944. He was a second vice president of the Masters, Mates, and Pilots Association and was a member in the Rhode Island Pilot's Association.

He had a stroke at age 62 and was in a wheelchair for 3 years. His wife Mary C. cared for him at home. He died at age 65.

(From notes given to Pamela Barry Wood by her Aunt Dorothy, Edward's daughter)

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Robert Barry (28 Jun 1888–4 Oct 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47450726, citing Saint Columba Catholic Cemetery, Middletown, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Waldarry (contributor 47093390) .