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#OnThisDay in 1931 USS Constitution and a snowy #winter blanket.
#boston #ushistory

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#OnThisDay in 1931 USS Constitution and a snowy #winter blanket.
#Boston #USHistory

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#OnThisDay in 1815 David Debias witnessed the battle between USS Constitution and HMS Levant & HMS Cyane. In the early 19th century, free men of color frequently worked in maritime trades. David Debias [Byas] was born in Boston in 1806 and joined Constitution twice: as a boy in 1814 and re-enlisting again in 1821. Debias worked as a servant for Master's Mate Nathaniel Leighton when he witnessed the battle on this day. He was taken prisoner when, as a member of the prize crew that took over the defeated Levant, the British recaptured their ship. After a stint in a Barbados prison, he returned home in July 1815.

After a second service with Constitution in the Mediterranean Sea, Debias returned home to join a merchant fleet. In 1838 Debias was erroneously arrested as a runaway slave when he left his ship in Winchester, Mississippi. His plight caught the attention of a local lawyer who was convinced Debias was a free man and wrote to the Secretary of the Navy seeking proof of his naval service. The Secretary complied and sent proof of Debias' service, but no record of his fate can be found.

#BlackHistoryMonth
#BHM #SmithsonianBHM

📸 Story and image from "Men of Iron, USS Constitution's War of 1812 Crew," A project of USS Constitution Museum, Boston, 2012.
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#OnThisDay in 1815 David Debias witnessed the battle between USS Constitution and HMS Levant & HMS Cyane. In the early 19th century, free men of color frequently worked in maritime trades. David Debias [Byas] was born in Boston in 1806 and joined Constitution twice: as a boy in 1814 and re-enlisting again in 1821. Debias worked as a servant for Masters Mate Nathaniel Leighton when he witnessed the battle on this day. He was taken prisoner when, as a member of the prize crew that took over the defeated Levant, the British recaptured their ship. After a stint in a Barbados prison, he returned home in July 1815.  

After a second service with Constitution in the Mediterranean Sea, Debias returned home to join a merchant fleet. In 1838 Debias was erroneously arrested as a runaway slave when he left his ship in Winchester, Mississippi. His plight caught the attention of a local lawyer who was convinced Debias was a free man and wrote to the Secretary of the Navy seeking proof of his naval service. The Secretary complied and sent proof of Debias service, but no record of his fate can be found.

#BlackHistoryMonth 
#BHM  #SmithsonianBHM

📸 Story and image from Men of Iron, USS Constitutions War of 1812 Crew, A project of USS Constitution Museum, Boston, 2012.

We're bringing our Presidents Day salute to a close, with our 44th President, Barack Obama, who signed the National Defense Authorization Act in 2010, designating USS Constitution as America's Ship of State. The Act makes the Ship available for official use by the Office of the President, Vice President, executive branch officials, and members of Congress "for the conducting of pertinent matters of state, such as hosting visiting heads of state, signing legislation relating to the Armed Forces, and signing maritime related treaties.” Huzzah!

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Were bringing our Presidents Day salute to a close, with our 44th President, Barack Obama, who signed the National Defense Authorization Act in 2010,  designating USS Constitution as Americas Ship of State. The Act makes the Ship available for official use by the Office of the President, Vice President, executive branch officials, and members of Congress for the conducting of pertinent matters of state, such as hosting visiting heads of state, signing legislation relating to the Armed Forces, and signing maritime related treaties.”  Huzzah! 

#PresidentsDay
#OldIronsides

Ronald Reagan toured the Charlestown Navy Yard and USS Constitution while campaigning for the United States presidency on August 20, 1980. As president, he presented the World Ship Trust Maritime Heritage Award to Old Ironsides in 1987. ⚓ 🇺🇸

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Ronald Reagan toured the Charlestown Navy Yard and USS Constitution while campaigning for the United States presidency on August 20, 1980. As president, he presented the World Ship Trust Maritime Heritage Award to Old Ironsides in 1987. ⚓ 🇺🇸 

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