CLARK, REAR ADMIRAL CHARLES E. "MY 50 YEARS IN THE NAVY." 1917.
Page 15: "The historic frigate CONSTITUTION...had just been fitted out as the schoolship, and also with quarters for the fourth class[ writing of September 1860].. Her commander was Lieutenant George W. Rodgers... Next in rank was Lieutenant John H. Upshur..."
Pages 18‑19: "...Under the poop deck, and in a small deckhouse amidships, were four recitation rooms. The three study rooms were on the gun deck, bulkheads having been run along parallel with the sides, and the gun ports serving as windows. Our lockers, one for each midshipman, were fitted against the sides of the berth deck. Forward was the washroom, the numbers of basins averaging about one to five of the washers... In the interval between supper and evening study hours, one of the six gun crews would be marched over to the bathhouse on shore... "The only guns remaining on board the CONSTITUTION were eight or ten 32‑pounders of the quarterdeck battery..."
Page 21: "...I have seen Rear Admiral Harry Taylor, who was one of the little fellows in my class, sitting on the main truck of 'Old ironsides' amusing himself by rolling up the pennant and letting it flow again. His only rival was 'Brick Top' English, who once got on his feet on the truck, aided a little by the lightning conductor, which projected about a foot above it."...the steward...came sliding down the ladder at dinner hour..."
Pages 27‑28: "Old Fort Severn['s]...guns...were hastily dismounted [Mar‑Apr '61], taken aboard, and added to our battery... There were.not more than 25 seamen on board the CONSTITUTION..."
Page 31: "...the average age of the midshipmen in the 4 classes was 18 years ‑ the age of admission being then 14 to 17 inclusive..."
Page 35: "We found changes on board the CONSTITUTION. The study rooms had gone, and the guns had been shifted from the spar deck..."
41: "[CONSTITUTION] had to
accommodate nearly 200 [4th class midshipmen in September 1861 at