Rank(s): Ordinary Seaman
Dates of Service: 7/8/1813 -
Bickford’s place and date of birth are unknown.
Thomas Bickford joined the Constitution ’s crew as an ordinary seaman on July 8, 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.
Bickford deserted the Constitution July 18, 1813. His place and date of death are unknown.