Rank(s): Ordinary Seaman
Dates of Service: 12/26/1813 - 9/9/1815
Allen’s date and place of birth are unknown
Allen joined Constitution ’s crew as an ordinary seaman on December 26, 1813 and left the ship on September 9, 1815 at Boston.
Among the enlisted men, ordinary seamen stood in the middle of the lower-deck hierarchy. These men had typically sailed one or two voyages and knew basic seamanship. Like the able seamen, they too could “hand, reef, and steer,” but some of the more complicated maneuvers were foreign to them. Many ordinary seamen would have been numbered among the topmen, the young and agile crewmembers who were responsible for working aloft on the masts and yards. The ordinary seaman made $10.00 per month.
Battles and Engagements
Allen was on board for the battle with HMS Cyane and Levant on February 20, 1815. He shared in the $20,000 awarded the crew for the capture of Cyane , and received $22.19 as his share for the Levant .
Allen’s place and date of death are unknown.