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Ship's Crew

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Thomas Barker

Rank(s): Ordinary Seaman

Dates of Service: 7/1/1813 -

Early Life

Barker’s date and place of birth are unknown.

Barker joined Constitution ’s crew as an ordinary seaman on July 1, 1813.

Among the enlisted men, ordinary seamen stood in the middle of the lower-deck hierarchy. These men had typically sailed one or two voyages and knew basic seamanship. Like the able seamen, they too could “hand, reef, and steer,” but some of the more complicated maneuvers were foreign to them. Many ordinary seamen would have been numbered among the topmen, the young and agile crewmembers who were responsible for working aloft on the masts and yards. The ordinary seaman made $10.00 per month.

Battles and Engagements

Barker fought in the battles with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant and received $22.19 in prize money.

Barker was transferred to the ex-HMS Cyane on February 21, 1815. His date and place of death are unknown.


Crew ID

1238