Shown is a letter dated June 5, 1794 appointing John Barry as a captain in the newly built Navy, displayed at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. No fewer than ... more 
Shown is a letter dated June 5, 1794 appointing John Barry as a captain in the newly built Navy, displayed at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. No fewer than five communities, including Philadelphia, claim to be the Navy's birthplace, from a wealthy former fishing hub north of Boston to a town about 200 miles from the ocean in upstate New York. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Matt Rourke
Tue, Oct 12, 2010 7:55 PM EDT