George Sirian Collection
George Ipsara Sirian was born in 1818 on the Aegean island of Psara, Greece. He joined USS Constitution‘s crew as a young boy in 1827 and trained in naval gunnery. On April 20, 1837, Sirian was appointed as gunner at Gosport, Virginia. During his ensuing naval career, he served in 37 successive tours on 20 different ships, including three separate tours of duty on Constitution. He retired in 1880 after one of the longest active duty service careers in U.S. Naval history.
The documents included in this collection primarily follow the naval career of George Sirian from the 1840s to the 1880s. Correspondence pertaining to his detachments, orders, and commendations make up the bulk of the records. Also included is a warrant appointing George Marshall as gunner in 1809, and a service record booklet for George Sirian, a grandson, from 1899 to 1929. See finding aid for full details.