Rank(s): Able Seaman
Dates of Service: 9/6/1813 - 6/1/1815
William Herrington’s place and date of birth are not known.
Herrington entered USS Constitution on September 6, 1813 at Boston, Massachusetts. His rank was able seaman. The ship’s chaplain Asheton Humphreys related a story in which Constitution had sighted a sail and was preparing to make chase, when Herrington, working on the bowsprit, fell overboard. The ship stopped, launched a small boat and recovered Herrington, but lost the chase in the process. According to Humphreys, one of Herrington’s shipmates joked that he was a good enough swimmer than Constitution could have gone after the chase and still successfully returned later to pick him up. Herrington transferred from USS Constitution on June 1, 1815 at Boston, Massachusetts.
Battles and Engagements
Herrington was on board for the battles with HMS Cyane and HMS Levant, and the capture of HMS Pictou.
Herrington’s date and place of death are unknown.