Constitution (Frigate)

Constitution (Frigate) letterbook, 1848–1849.
1 volume (0.12 linear feet).
About the frigate Constitution

USS Constitution is a three-masted frigate of the United States Navy. She was built in Boston at Edmun Hartt’s shipyard and launched in 1794. She is noted for her activites in the War of 1812, during which she earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” in a battle with the British ship HMS Guerriere. In the 1840s, Constitution served as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons. Consitution is berthed in Boston at the former Charlestown Navy Yard, and is the world’s oldest floating commissioned naval vessel.

About the collection

Letterbook of USS Constitution, September 15, 1848 to August 25, 1849, containing retained copies of correspondence written by Captain John Gwinn and others, while the ship was part of the Mediterranean Squadron. Early entries are concerned with the workings of the ship. After the death of Commodore Bolton of the Squadron in April 1849, Gwinn becomes the most senior officer and the correspondence then involves politics of the Mediterranean. The focus of the latter part of the correspondence is the efforts of the U.S. and other countries to contain the revolts occurring in Italy and other parts of Europe at the time, and to protect U.S. citizens abroad.

  • Gwinn, John, 1791-1849
  • Constitution (Frigate)
  • United States. Navy. Mediterranean Squadron
  • United States. Navy. — Records and correspondence
Types of material
  • Letterbooks
Reference files
  • Constitution, Frigate
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