Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 3/11/1815 - 5/1/1815
John Watson’s place and date of birth are not known.
In a letter he wrote in 1822, Watson described having been on board the privateer Frolic sometime during the War of 1812 when it was captured by HMS Heron. He said he was imprisoned on a prison ship in Barbados, “from whence I made my escape by swimming to an english [sic] Brig a merchantman bound to St Iago one of the Cape De Verd Islands, where the Constitution frigate came in with her two prizes the Cyane and Levant under Captain Charles Stewart…”
Watson entered USS Constitution on March 11, 1815 at Porto Praya, in the Cape Verde Islands following his escape from imprisonment in Barbados. His rank was able seaman. He was discharged in May 1815 at New York, New York.
Watson’s date and place of death are unknown.