Dates of Service: 12/3/1813 - 2/20/1815
Birth Date: 1793
Stephen Abbott was born in Beverly, Massachusetts about 1793.
We do not know anything of Abbott’s early experiences, but it is likely he had worked at seabefore enlisting in the Navy.
In 1825, Abbott was 5 feet, 4 inches tall, with dark hair and a dark complexion.
Abbott joined Constitution ’s crew as a quartermaster on December 3, 1813 and was transferred to the prize HMS Cyane on February 20, 1815.
The quartermaster was appointed by the sailing master and assisted the master’s mates with their duties. He helped supervise the stowage of ballast and provisions, coiled the anchor cables in the tier, supervised the men at the helm, and kept time with the watch-glasses. A quartermaster made $18.00 per month and received one ration per day.
Battles and Engagements
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 battle he fought as the first captain of gun no. 5 on the quarterdeck. He received a share of the $20,000 in prize money awarded the crew for the capture of Cyane and got $51.81 as his share of the money for the Levant .
Sometime after the war, Abbott moved to or returned to Marblehead, Massachusetts. His date of death is unknown.