Rank(s): Ordinary Seaman
Dates of Service: 7/18/1813 - 7/18/1815
Boles’s place and date of birth are unknown.
Frederick Boles joined the Constitution ’s crew as an ordinary seaman on July 18, 1813. He was assigned to gun no. 14, train tackle as a part of the third division. Boles was discharged on 18, July 1815.
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
He fought in the battles with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant and received $22.19 in prize money.
Boles’s place and date of death are unknown.