Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 2/18/1811 - 2/17/1813
Martin’s date and place of birth are unknown.
Martin may have joined the navy as early as 1809, and sailed on board the schooner Revenge under the command of Oliver Hazard Perry. During the winter of 1810, the vessel conducted a survey of the harbors of Newport, New London, and Gardiners Bay, Long Island. On January 9, 1811, while returning to New London, the Revenge ran aground and was declared a total loss. Luckily, the entire crew was rescued.
Martin appeared on Constitution ’s muster roll on February 18, 1811. He was rated an able seaman, but at some point in 1812 was promoted to quartermaster. He left the ship sometime after February 17, 1813.
Battles and Engagements
During his service on board, the ship made a diplomatic voyage to France and Holland. Martin participated in the battles against HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and HMS Java on December 29, 1812. He received $42.62 ½ and $42.30 in prize money for the victories. During the second battle he served as shotman for no. 14 long gun on the gun deck.
Martin’s place and date of death are unknown.