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Daniel Brannon

Rank(s): Able Seaman

Dates of Service: 10/5/1813 -

Early Life

Brannon’s place and date of birth are unknown.

Daniel Brannon joined the Constitution ’s crew as an able seaman on October 5, 1813. He was assigned to gun no. 9, 3rd loader as a part of the second division.

The able seaman was the elite member of the crew. Having sailed for years “before the mast” on merchant vessels or worked his way up through the ranks in the navy, it was on him that the officers relied for the smooth operation of the ship. The traditional requirements for the seaman were that he be able to “hand (furl or take in a sail), reef (reduce a sail’s area), and steer,” but these were in fact the barest requirements for the seaman rating. In addition, they were expected to be familiar with nearly all aspects of shipboard labor. He had to be able to cast the sounding lead, be able to sew a sail with a palm and needle, and understand all parts of the rigging and the stowage of the hold. Furthermore, he had to know how to fight, as part of a gun crew or with small arms. It was from the ranks of the able seamen that the petty and warrant officers were drawn. The able seaman made $12.00 per month.

Battles and Engagements

He participated in the battles with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant and received $22.19 in prize money.

Brannon was transferred to USS Congress, then at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on June 1, 1815. His place and date of death are unknown.


Crew ID

1378