JOURNAL OF MIDSHIPMAN PHILIP AUGUSTUS STOCKTON,

29 OCTOBER 1824 ‑ 31 DECEMBER 1826,

IN USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM


 

 

29 Oct 1824 Sailed from New York ‑ officers on sailing:

Captain Thomas Macdonough

First Lieutenant E. A. F. Vallette

Second Lieutenant Thomas W. Wyman

Third Lieutenant Joseph Cross

Fourth Lieutenant Samuel W. Downing

Fifth Lieutenant Josiah Tattnall

Sixth Lieutenant William M. Armstrong

Sailing Master B. M. Tallmadge

Surgeon William Turke [sic]

Purser John B. Timberlake

Chaplain John McCarty

First Lieutenant H. W. Gardner, USMC

Second Lieutenant H. B. Tyler, USMC

Midshipman Pope

Midshipman Calhoun

Midshipman Harwood

Midshipman H. W. Morris

Midshipman Richard H. Morris

Midshipman Marshall

Midshipman Turner

Midshipman L. Swartwout

Midshipman J. W. Mooers

Midshipman E. S. Lewis

Midshipman Newell

Midshipman Millen

Midshipman Augustus Barnhouse

Midshipman Robb

Midshipman Baim

Midshipman Philip A. Stockton

Midshipman Hoban

Midshipman Armstrong

Midshipman Edwards

Midshipman James Harmon Ward

Midshipman Arnold Hemphill

Midshipman Skipwith

Midshipman Jenkins

Midshipman J. B. Glentworth

Midshipman Arnold

Midshipman Gansevoort

Surgeon's Mate Walter Smith

Surgeon's Mate D. W. Birck [sic]

Captain's Clerk G. F. Sawyer

Boatswain John Balk

Gunner John Lord

Carpenter Richard Thomas

Sailmaker Prince Acts [sic]

 

25 Nov 1824 Arrived at Gibraltar.

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26 Nov 1824 "...the launch..."

 

28 Nov 1824 "...the 2nd cutter..."

 

30 Nov 1824 Midshipmen Calhoun and Skipwith detached.

 

1 Dec 1824 Sailed from Gibraltar.

 

12 Dec 1824 Anchored off Tunis.

 

16 Dec 1824 Sailed.

 

19 Dec 1824 1700 Seaman John C. Norman died ‑‑ buried at sea the next morning.

 

22 Dec 1824 Anchored at Syracuse.

 

10 Jan 1825 "Armourers repairing hoops for mainmast..."

 

14 Jan 1825 "...painting the Bowsprit..."

 

20 Jan 1825 "...painted the main topgallant mast..."

 

22 Jan 1825 "...the 1st & 2nd Cutters..."

 

6 Feb 1825 Sailed.

 

11 Feb 1825 Arrived at Messina, Sicily.

 

16 Feb 1825 Lieutenant Cross detached.

 

8 Mar 1825 Midshipmen H. W. Morris, Swartwout, Mooers, Glentworth detached ‑‑ Midshipman Barnhouse compelled to resign for "ungentlemanly &unofficerlike conduct."

 

26 Apr 1825 Lieutenant H. W. Gardner, USMC, died.

 

5 May 1825 Boy Joseph Colson died.

 

9 May 1825 Received an anchor weighing 77 cwt, 2 qr, 13 lbs.

 

11 May 1825 Seaman Moses Williams died.

 

12 May 1825 Lieutenant John W. Bell tried by court martial, publicly reprimanded, and restored to duty.

 

29 May 1825 Sailed.

 

1 Jun 1825 Off Ustica Island.

 

2 Jun 1825 "...the Ontario telegraphed us..."

 

5 Jun 1825 "...made telegraphic signals to Cyane..."

 

6 Jun 1825 Off Galita Island.

 

12 Jun 1825 Arrived at Gibraltar.

 

16 Jun 1825 Commodore Rodgers relieved Commodore Macdonough as squadron commander.

 

? Jul 1825 Midshipman Lewis detached ‑‑ Midshipman H. W. Morris returned ‑‑ Midshipmen Ingersoll and Mower reported aboard for duty, as did Lieutenant Carpenter ‑‑ Midshipman Pope promoted to Acting Sailing Master as Sailing Master Tallmadge was promoted to Lieutenant.

 

9 Jul 1825 Sailed.

 

10 Jul 1825 ONTARIO missed stays and fell across the bow, carrying away the head booms.

 

11 Jul 1825 Rigged out new booms.

 

20 Jul 1825 "...our stern boat..."

 

25 Jul 1825 Passed Golita.

 

26 Jul 1825 Anchored of Tunis.

 

28 Jul 1825 Sailed ‑‑ lost starboard anchor at the clinch.

 

10 Aug 1825 Arrived at Ausa, Paros Island.

 

14 Aug 1825 Sailed.

 

20 Aug 1825 Arrived at Smyrna, Turkey.

 

31 Aug 1825 Sailed to Nourla for watering.

 

5 Sep 1825 [about] Marines Sword, Lockhart and Sawyer, and Seaman John Sloan died in the temporary hospital set up on Round Island.

 

9 Sep 1825 Sailed from Nourla [sic].

 

12 Sep 1825 Arrived at Napoli [sic], Greece.

 

14 Sep 1825 Ship visited by the President of the Grecian Executive Council.

 

17 Sep 1825 Seaman John Day died.

 

19 Sep 1825 Sailed.

 

7 Oct 1825 Off Algiers.

 

10 Oct 1825 Arrived at Gibraltar.

 

14 Oct 1825 Captain Daniel T. Patterson relieved Captain Macdonough.

 

25 Oct 1825 Quarter Gunner Henry Morrison died.

 

16 Nov 1825 Doctor Jackson replaced the detached Doctor Turk ‑‑ Midshipman Arnold Hemphill detached ‑‑ Surgeon's Mate W. Smith transferred to ERIE as Acting Surgeon.

 

17 Nov 1825 Sailed.

 

18 Nov 1825 Marine Michael Hurley died.

 

20 Nov 1825 Passing Malaga.

 

30 Nov 1825 Arrived at Port Mahon.

 

3 Dec 1825 Entered the Navy Yard.

 

5 Dec 1825 Captain Patterson left the ship to take command of BRANDYWINE ‑‑ First Lieutenant Vallette in command.

 

23 Jan 1826 Captain George C. Read took command.

 

3 Feb 1826 Moved out of Navy Yard.

 

21 Feb 1826 Captain Patterson relieved Captain Read.

 

22 Feb 1826 Received 117 fathoms of chain cable from BRANDYWINE ‑‑ Midshipmen Hoff, Hansford, Bache, Page, Brent, Deacon, and Radford reported aboard ‑‑ Lieutenant Josiah Tattnall, Midshipman H. W. Morris, Newell, Millen, and Hoban, and Captain's Clerk John Fairles [sic], and Schoolmaster George Jones joined.

 

23 Feb 1826 Midshipman Hayne [sic] and Porter joined.

 

25 Feb 1826 Received 120 fathoms of new 22" cable.

 

1 Mar 1826 "...launched 4th cutter..."

 

5 Mar 1826 Quartermaster John Neal demoted to Seaman and John Ward promoted in his stead.

 

6 Mar 1826 "...launched the 3rd cutter..."

 

9 Mar 1826 "...the launch..."

 

13 Mar 1826 Boy John Ross fell from the main topgallant crosstrees and broke his thigh.

 

20 Mar 1826 Received 120 bbls bread.

 

21 Mar 1826 Received 110 bbls bread.

 

23 Mar 1826 Received 2 cords wood.

 

29 Mar 1826 Received 23 bbls beef, 28 bbls pork, 27 bbls flour, 27 kegs butter, 9 coils rigging, 116 gals (1 hhd) molasses, 32 bolts Russian canvas, and 5 bolts American canvas.

 

1 Apr 1826 Holystoned decks.

 

4 Apr 1826 Received 3 casks (216 gals) vinegar.

 

6 Apr 1826 Received 238 bbls bread.

 

7 Apr 1826 Received 55 bbls bread and 109 bbls whiskey.

 

8 Apr 1826 Received 65 bbls bread ‑‑ "...launch, 1st cutter, and barge..."

 

10 Apr 1826 Sailed.

 

14 Apr 1826 Passing Cartagena, Spain.

 

17 Apr 1826 Arrived at Gibraltar.

 

29 Apr 1826 Received 200 bushels coal, 144 boxes raisins, 3 boxes prunes, and 6 boxes cheese.

 

1 May 1826 Doctor Dewit [sic] Birch died of bilious fever and was buried in the neutral ground.

 

13 May 1826 Received a launch load of wood and [?] bushels of charcoal.

 

16 May 1826 Sailed.

 

24 May 1826 Arrived at Algiers.

 

25 May 1826 Sailed.

 

31 May 1826 Buried Seaman Edward Cogswell at sea.

 

1 Jun 1826 Arrived at Tunis.

 

4 Jun 1826 Sailed.

 

11 Jun 1826 Arrived at Milo.

 

15 Jun 1826 Sailed.

 

16 Jun 1826 Arrived at Ausa, Paros.

 

19 Jun 1826 Sailed.

 

20 Jun 1826 Arrived at Nourla ‑‑ "...scrub the paintwork on the main and spar deck..."

 

? Jun 1826 The crew is organized into 6 divisions.

 

30 Jun 1826 Sailed ‑‑ 35,150 gals of water aboard.

 

4 Jul 1826 Anchored between Tenedos and the mainland ‑‑ cleared for action upon approach of 25 Turkish men‑of‑war ‑‑ no action.

 

9 Jul 1826 Sailed to reconnoitre the entrance to the Dardanelles.

 

11 Jul 1826 Anchored at Mytilene.

 

17 Jul 1826 Sailed.

 

18 Jul 1826 Arrived at Nourla.

 

20 Jul 1826 Holystoned decks.

 

11 Aug 1826 Sailed.

 

15 Aug 1826 Standing through the Straits of Silot.

 

16 Aug 1826 Arrived at Milo.

 

19 Aug 1826 Lieutenant William M. Armstrong transferred to ONTARIO ‑‑ Lieutenant William L. Shield joined.

 

22 Aug 1826 Sailed ‑‑ "...the whaleboat..."

 

24 Aug 1824 Passing Cape Matapan.

 

30 Aug 1826 Off Valletta, Malta.

 

10 Sep 1826 Arrived at Port Mahon.

 

18 Sep 1826 The launch swamped with a load of fresh water ‑‑ no casualties ‑‑ salvaged ‑ Lieutenant Voorhees and Surgeon Osborne detached Lieutenant McCulloch and Surgeon Smith joined ‑‑ Midshipmen R. H. Morris and R. Deacon detached.

 

9 Oct 1826 Quartermaster Gustavus Headlow fell from the main yard and was killed instantly ‑‑ buried ashore the next day.

 

31 Dec 1826 Embarked officers:

 

Captain Daniel T. Patterson

First Lieutenant E. A. F. Vallette

Second Lieutenant George McCulloch

Third Lieutenant Robert B. Randolph

Fourth Lieutenant William F. Shields

Fifth Lieutenant Benjamin Tallmadge

Sixth Lieutenant/Acting Sailing Master John Pope

Surgeon Walter Smith

Purser John B. Timberlake

First Lieutenant William Dulany, USMC

Midshipman Harwood

Midshipman Marshall

Midshipman Turner

Midshipman Hayne

Midshipman Hansford

Midshipman Robb

Midshipman Amasa Paine, Jr.

Midshipman Philip A. Stockton

Midshipman Ward

Midshipman Armstrong

Midshipman Ingersoll

Midshipman Jankins

Midshipman Hoff

Midshipman Edwards

Midshipman Porter

Midshipman Guert Gansevoort

Midshipman Page

Midshipman Bache

Midshipman Brent

Midshipman Keith

Midshipman Mower [sic]

Midshipman Doughty

Surgeon's Mate John F. Brooks

Captain's Clerk John Fairles

Schoolmaster George Jones

Boatswain John Bell

Gunner John Lord

Carpenter Richard Thomas

Sailmaker William Prince