Rank(s): Master’s Mate
Dates of Service: 9/26/1813 - 5/12/1814
Clements’s place and date of birth are unknown.
Samuel Clements joined Constitution ’s crew as a master’s mate on September 26, 1813. He was discharged on May 12, 1814.
Master’s mates were assistants to, and under the direction of, the sailing master. A master’s mate was in charge of the log line and glass by which the ship’s speed was recorded. He made regular entries in the log and saw to the adjustment of the forward sails. He was also to be attentive to the stowage of the anchor cables, making sure they were clean and well-coiled so as to be let out quickly when needed. The master’s mate also had to be well-versed in stowing ballast and provisions in the ship’s hold. He received $20.00 per month and two rations per day.
Battles and Engagements
Clements participated in a war cruise, capturing a small British man-of-war and three merchantmen.
Clements’s place and date of death are unknown.