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Thomas Amblin

Rank(s): Able Seaman

Dates of Service: 6/17/1810 - 12/29/1812

Early Life

Amblin’s date and place of birth are unknown.

Early Experience

Amblin served on USS President, sister ship to Constitution, from August 15, 1809 until June 17, 1810.

Amblin was transferred from USS President to Constitution on June 17, 1810 at Hampton Roads in Virginia. Amblin’s previous experience onboard President had given him the skill that were necessary to be ranked as an able seaman, which meant that he was deeply involved in the everyday sailing of the ship. As member of the starboard watch, Amblin served as captain of the foretop.

The able seaman was the elite member of the crew. Having sailed for years “before the mast” on merchant vessels or worked his way up through the ranks in the navy, it was on him that the officers relied for the smooth operation of the ship. The traditional requirements for the seaman were that he be able to “hand (furl or take in a sail), reef (reduce a sail’s area), and steer,” but these were in fact the barest requirements for the seaman rating. In addition, they were expected to be familiar with nearly all aspects of shipboard labor. He had to be able to cast the sounding lead, be able to sew a sail with a palm and needle, and understand all parts of the rigging and the stowage of the hold. Furthermore, he had to know how to fight, as part of a gun crew or with small arms. It was from the ranks of the able seamen that the petty and warrant officers were drawn. The able seaman made $12.00 per month.

Battles and Engagements

Amblin took part in the victories over HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and Java on December 29, 1812. During these battles and many others his battle station was at the no. 8 long gun under the 1st Captain division. He was awarded $42.62 ½ and $42.30 in prize money for the victories.

Amblin was discharged from Constitution on February 17, 1813. His date and place of death are unknown.


Crew ID

344