GOODRICH, REAR ADMIRAL
"ROPE YARNS FROM THE OLD NAVY."
Page 8: "The lower tier of the frigate's [CONSTITUTION's] guns were landed and in their place study tables were installed. The [fourth] class (over 200) was divided into gun's crews of sixteen or more lads. Each crew had its own study table on the gun deck and its mess table on the berth deck just below, where also, the midshipmen, or, to be exact, the acting midshipmen, slept in hammocks slung from the beams overhead at night and stowed every morning in the hammock nettings on the upper or spar deck. When the berth deck became crowded, a lot of us had to swing on the gun deck."
Page 10: "We found Lieutenant Lull [CO, CONSTITUTION, Sep 1861‑Nov 1863] to be a tall imposing person with a stern, forbidding countenance...but later I discovered that this grim visage was but a mask to conceal a large and sympathetic heart."