March Calendar


      01 Mar
1799-Boatswain John Hancock died of accidental gunshot; buried at sea.
1839-Daniel Turner recommissioned the ship at Norfolk, VA.
1843-A man given 12 lashes for drinking and fighting.
1880-Departed Aspinwall (Colon), Colombia (Panama).
1932-Proceeded from Houston to Galveston, TX.

      02 Mar
1804-Departed Syracuse, Sicily.
1805-Departed Malta.
1835-Departed Boston, MA.
1841-Landsman William Gibbs drowned while attempting to desert at Talcahuano,
1853-Departed New York City.
1855-Departed Porto Praya, Cape Verde Is.
1880-Francis H. Baker, Captain 1879, died.

      03 Mar
1804-Arrived at Malta.
1812-Ordinary Seaman Zacheriah Parkinson died and was buried ashore the next
1835-Jesse Duncan Elliott recommissioned the ship at Boston, MA.
1932-Marine given 20 hours extra duty for "insolence."

      04 Mar
1812-Carpenter Samuel R. Rogers died.
1841-Quarter Gunner William Leeds died and was buried ashore at Talcahuano,
1854-Departed Porto Praya, Cape Verde Is.
1878-Departed Philadelphia, PA.
1917-Money appropriated for the construction of a battlecruiser originally
     assigned the name RANGER, but subsequently changed to CONSTITUTION.
1925-Congress authorized the Secretary of the Navy to "repair, equip and
     restore the frigate CONSTITUTION as far as may be practicable to her
     original condition but not active service."

      05 Mar
1826-One man reduced to Seaman and another promoted to Quartermaster in his
1850-Six men flogged for unspecified offenses.
1887-Edward Phelps Lull, Captain 1861-3, died in Pensacola, FL.
1933-Seaman AWOL 4 hours; later given 2 weeks restriction.

      06 Mar
1786-Daniel Todd Patterson, Captain 1825 and 1826-8, born on Long Island, NY.
1801-Departed Mole St. Nicholas, Haiti.
1838-One man given 24 lashes and three others 12 each for unspecified
1855-Arrived at Port Praya, Cape Verde Is.

      07 Mar
1807-Departed Tunis, Tunisia.
1841-Commodore Alexander Claxton died of dysentery; lead-lined coffin
     prepared on board.
1843-Two men deserted at Portsmouth, VA.
1850-Six men flogged for unspecified offenses.  Departed Genoa, Italy.
1854-Arrived at Porto Praya, Cape Verde Is.
1932-Departed Galveston, TX.

      08 Mar
1814-Seaman John Lawson died and was buried at sea.
1815-Arrived at Isla Maio, Cape Verde Is.
1825-A Midshipman compelled to resign for "ungentlemanly & unofficerlike
1838-Departed Malta.
1841-Departed Talcahuano, Chile.
1849-One man flogged for an unspecified offense.
1850-Four men flogged for unspecified offenses.
1854-Departed Porto Praya, Cape Verde Is.
1855-Departed Porto Praya, Cape Verde Is.
1932-Arrived at Beaumont, TX.
1933-Robert Leo Gillen, Captain 1978-80, born in Charlestown, MA.

      09 Mar
1773-Isaac Hull, Captain 1810-2, born in Derby, CT.
1812-Two men deserted from 4th cutter at Norfolk, VA.
1815-Departed Isla Maio, Cape Verde Is.
1835-Arrived at New York City.
1850-Four men flogged for unspecified offenses.
1855-Arrived at Isla Maio, Cape Verde Is.

      10 Mar
1815-Arrived at Porto Praya, Cape Verde Islands.
1845-Departed Singapore.
1883-Clarence Earl McBride, Captain 1941-5, born.
1933-Ten-second earthquake broke electrical connections.  Proceeded from San
     Pedro to Long Beach, CA.

      11 Mar
1815-Chased from Porto Praya, Cape Verde Islands, by a British squadron.
     Both CONSTITUTION and captured British frigate CYANE escaped, but
     captured British corvette LEVANT was retaken.
1841-Arrived at Valparaiso, Chile.
1850-Arrived at toulon, France.

      12 Mar
1812-Two men deserted from 2nd cutter at Norfolk, VA; Seaman John Cornelia
     killed in fall through main hatch and was buried ashore 2 days later.
1822-Departed Port Mahon, Minorca.
1827-Court martial of 2 SN convened.
1838-Arrived at Syracuse, Sicily.
1841-Commodore Alexander Claxton buried at Valparaiso, Chile; 61 minute guns
1849-Three men flogged for unspecified offenses.
1855-Departed Isla Maio, Cape Verde Is., and arrived at Porto Praya the same
1932-Proceeded from Beaumont to Port Arthur, TX.

      13 Mar
1812-Seaman Isaac Daggett died ashore in hospital in Norfolk, VA.
1826-Seaman Edward Ross fell from the main topmast crosstrees and broke his
1838-Departed Syracuse, Sicily.

      14 Mar
1799-Arrived at Prince Rupert's Bay, Dominica I.
1800-Arrived at Mole St. Nicholas, Haiti.
1811-Midshipman Charles W. Fowle died of a wound received in a duel; buried
     ashore the naxt day.
1814-Seaman John Goss fell from the mizzen topsail yard and was killed
     instantly when his head struck a carronade.

      15 Mar
1812-Two deserters returned and confined in irons.
1840-Seaman Abraham Anderson fell overboard and drowned.  Arrived at
     Talcahuano, Chile.

      16 Mar
1804-Departed Malta.
1812-Three men flogged for desertion.
1826-Boy Edward Ross fell from the main topgallant crosstrees into a boat
     alongside, breaking his right leg.
1835-Departed New York City.
1841-Departed Valparaiso, Chile.
1932-Man AWOL 2 hours.

      17 Mar
1800-Departed Mole St. Nicholas, Haiti.
1804-Arrived at Syracuse, Sicily.
1822-Arrived at Gibraltar.
1932-Proceeded from Port Arthur to Orange, TX.
1933-Miss Grace Gulliver, the Captain's daughter, married Lieutenant (junior
     grade) (later Rear Admiral) Wells Thompson in the Captain's Cabin,
     Lieutenant Commander (Chaplain) Clinton A. Neyman, officiating.

      18 Mar
1843-A boy given 12 lashes for smuggling liquor.

      19 Mar
1805-Arrived at Malta.
1838-Arrived at Port Mahon, Minorca.
1932-Proceeded from Orange, TX, to Lake Charles, LA.
1933-Departed Long Beach, CA.

      20 Mar
1799-Departed Prince Rupert's Bay, Dominica I.
1807-Arrived at Algiers, Algeria.
1811-Departed New London, CT.  For various offenses, one man received 24
     lashes, 9 received 12, one got 10, and 3, 9. Two of these offenders also
     were reduced in rating.
1933-Arrived at Santa Barbara, CA, and departed again the same day.
1934-Departed San Diego, CA.  One man AWOL upon sailing.

      21 Mar
1804-Departed Syracuse, Sicily.

      22 Mar
1820-Stephen Decatur, Jr., Captain 1804, died in Washington, DC, as a result
     of a wound received in a duel.
1827-Court martial found 1 Seaman not guilty and awarded another 70 lashes.
1932-Departed Lake Charles, LA.

      23 Mar
1807-Departed Algiers, Algeria.
1853-Arrived at Gibraltar.

      24 Mar
1822-Departed Gibraltar.
1849-Seven men flogged for unspecified offenses.
1933-Arrived at San Francisco, CA.

      25 Mar
1812-Departed Hampton Roads, VA.
1822-Arrived at Cadiz, Spain.
1840-Departed Talcahuano, Chile.
1932-Arrived at Gulfport, MI.

      26 Mar
1841-Arrived at Callao, Peru.
1843-A man given 12 lashes for insolence.
1844-John Percival recommissioned tha ship at Norfolk, VA.
1855-Transferred African Kroo men who had been serving in ship to USS MARION
     for continued service off West African coast.
1993-USS PRAIRIE (AD-15) decommissioned, leaving CONSTITUTION the ship in
     longest continuous commission in the USN.

      27 Mar
1794-President Washington signed the bill authorizing construction of six
1799-Captured ex-American schooner NEUTRALITY, a French prize.
1806-Lieutenant Sybrant van Schaick court martialled for disobedience of
     orders; awarded one month suspension from duty.
1849-Departed Alexandria, Egypt.  Eleven men flogged for unspecified
1855-Departed Porto Praya, Cape Verde Is.
1945-Owen William Huff relieved Clarence Earl McBride as Captain.

      28 Mar
1811-Arrived at Boston, MA.
1838-One man given 24 lashes, five got 12 each, and five more 6 each for
     unspecified offenses.
1843-A man given 12 lashes for insolence.
1849-Two men flogged for unspecified offenses.
1850-Departed Toulon, France.
1853-Departed Gibraltar.

      29 Mar
1855-Arrived at Porto Grande, Cape Verde Is.
1931-Departed Gulfport, MI.

      30 Mar
1800-One man flogged for drunkenness and neglect of duty.
1807-Arrived at Cagliari, Sardinia.
1827-Departed Port Mahon, Minorca.
1828-Seaman William Staples died and was buried ashore in Port Mahon,
     Minorca, the next day.
1932-Arrived Port St. Joe, FL.

      31 Mar
1849-Four men flogged, one, the wardroom cook, for "filthiness in cooking."
1850-Arrived at Spezzia, Italy.
1855-Departed Porto Grande, Cape Verde Is., ending tour as flagship of the
     West African Squadron.  Spliced the main brace.
1878-Arrived at Falmouth, England.
1934-Man AWOL 10 days declared a deserter; personal effects sold at mast by
1959-Edward Joseph Melanson, Jr. relieved David G. O'Brien as Captain.