|The Chesapeake runs aboard Shannon in this 1816 engraving by Abel Bowen, after a painting by Michele Felice Corne. USS Constitution Museum collection.|
battle. Clustered along the Chesapeake’s gangways in the waist, First Lieutenant James Broom and eleven privates lay dead, cut down by Shannon’s 12lb carronade fired at point blank range and a volley of musketry from the Royal Marines.
|British seamen swarm Chesapeake‘s decks in this 1816 print published in London by Edward Orme. Though it captures the fury of the boarding action, the engraver and colorists invented details of the uniforms and ship.|
early Corps. German was a former farmer born in Delaware and enlisted at Philadelphia in January 1812. He joined Constitution when he was twenty-seven, just before the declaration of war, and came
through the ship’s two battles without a scratch. Thirty-one year old blacksmith James Traenor hailed from Ireland and enlisted in the Corps at New York in 1809. He too fought in the actions against Guerriere and Java. Preston, a twenty-seven year old former soldier from Pennsylvania, joined the Marines in 1810 and served on Constitution the same year before being stationed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He rejoined the ship in June 1812 at the Washington Navy Yard. Barry, a thirty-two year old laborer from Cork, Ireland, enlisted at Frederick, MD in 1811 and came on board on the first of July 1812. All had been transferred to Chesapeake scarcely two months before.
Collier, Capt. of the Maintop, to Capt. R.H. King, RN, 29 Nov. 1841, in H.F.
Pullen, The Shannon and the Chesapeake (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, Ltd., 1970),