Rank(s): Quarter Gunner
Dates of Service: 10/5/1813 - 5/24/1815
Birth Date: 1789
Seth Brown was born in 1789 in Durham, Connecticut.
Brown joined the Constitution ’s crew as a quarter gunner on October 5, 1813. He had the watch assignment of starboard. He deserted on May 24, 1815.
Quarter gunners received supervision from the gunner’s mates. Most ships carried one quarter gunner for every four guns. Their duties were similar to those of the gunner’s mates. But they were also considered prime seamen and often found themselves keeping watch and supervising tricky sail handling maneuvers. Quarter gunners made $18.00 per month.
Battles and Engagements
Brown participated in the battle with HMS Java and received $51.81 in prize money. He also participated in the battle with HMS Cyane and received part of the $20,000 prize money.
Brown’s place and date of death are unknown.