Rank(s): Ordinary Seaman
Dates of Service: 7/7/1813 - 7/3/1815
Collins’ place and date of birth are unknown.
Jacob Collins joined Constitution ’s crew as an ordinary seaman on July 7, 1813. He was discharged on July 3, 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
Collins participated in the battles with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant and received part of the prize money.
Collins’ place and date of death are unknown.