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Ship's Crew

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John James

Rank(s): Boy

Dates of Service: 4/16/1811 - 7/31/1815

Early Life

James’ place and date of birth are unknown.

James joined Constitution ’s crew as a boy on April 16, 1811, but by April 19 he had been rated a seaman. He reenlisted on July 30, 1813 and was finally paid off at Boston on July 31, 1815.

Battles and Engagements

James was among the few sailors who participated in all of Constitution ’s battles during the war. While serving on board, the ship carried out a diplomatic mission to France and Holland. He participated in victories over HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812, receiving $42.62 ½ and $42.30 in prize money for the victories. His battle station in 1812 was powder passer for No. 5 long gun. He was on board when Constitution captured a British man-of-war schooner and three merchant vessels. He fought in the battle with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant on February 20, 1815. During the last engagement, he served as 1st Loader/Boarder at no. 1 carronade.

James’ place and date of death are unknown.


Crew ID

7142