Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 7/3/1812 - 2/17/1813
John Harkin’s place and date of birth are unknown.
Harkin joined Constitution ’s crew as an able seaman on July 3, 1812 at Annapolis, Maryland. He was discharged sometime after February 17, 1813.
Battles and Engagements
Harkin participated in victories over HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812, and received $42.62 ½ and $42.30 prize money. During the second battle he was assigned to attend the main preventer braces and the maintopsail bowlines.
Harkin was transferred to USS General Pike on Lake Ontario in the spring of 1813 and died at Sackets Harbor, New York during the winter of 1814-1815.