Frank B. Rose’s Seabag
This stenciled, linen seabag with a (now detached) leather handle belonged to Chaplain Frank Bramwell Rose, who served aboard USS Constitution in the 1870s and 1880s.
Rose was born in Tuckerton, New Jersey. He became a U.S. Navy chaplain on February 3, 1870 and served on USS Constitution twice: from December 14, 1876 to May 2, 1877 and from June 22, 1880 to December 14, 1881. During Rose’s time of service aboard the ship, Constitution was one of four ships in the Navy’s Apprentice Training Squadron (1879-1881), a program in which teenage boys received a basic academic and vocational education with the goal of graduating into enlisted service in the U.S. Navy. Trainees joined at one of the navy receiving ships, and were then sent to a naval station for academic and naval education. After six months in the classroom, they joined one of the underway training ships for six months. As chaplain, Rose assisted with instruction and facilitated religious support. He was later promoted to rear admiral and retired on June 29, 1906. Rose died at Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, on March 23, 1910.