By Claude Berube, John Rodgaard
Charles Stewart’s lifetime of crusing and wrestle at the excessive seas competitors that of Patrick O’Brien’s fictional hero, Jack Aubrey. Stewart held extra sea instructions (11) than the other U.S. army captain and served longer (63 years) than any officer in American naval background. He commanded all types of warship, from sloop to ship-of-the-line, and served each president from John Adams to Abraham Lincoln.Born in Philadelphia in the course of the American Revolution, Stewart met President Washington and went to sea as a cabin boy on a merchantman ahead of age 13. In March 1798, at age nineteen, he obtained a naval fee one month sooner than the dept of the military was once proven. Stewart went directly to an illustrious naval occupation: Thomas Jefferson famous his Mediterranean exploits throughout the Barbary Wars, Stewart steered James Madison on the outset of the struggle of 1812, and Stewart educated many destiny senior naval officers—including David Porter, David Dixon Porter, and David G. Farragut—in 3 wars. He served as a pallbearer at President Lincoln’s funeral. Stewart cemented his acceptance as commander of the Navy’s strongest frigate, the USS structure. No different captain commanded this send for an extended wartime interval or via extra naval engagements. Undefeated in conflict, together with defeating the British warships Cyane and Levant concurrently, either send and captain got here to be often called “Old Ironsides.”
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Although the United States did not win comparable glory, Stewart’s performance while on board was recognized, and upon his frigate’s return, he received orders to assume command of his first man-of-war. On 16 July 1800, twelve days before his twenty-second birthday, Stewart took command of the twelve-gun schooner USS Experiment. 8 Both schooners were authorized by Congress in 1798. Experiment was built at Baltimore, and 14 ................. 11333$ $CH2 05-20-05 13:09:33 PS PAGE 14 From Commissioning to Captaincy The night before his fateful trip on the Intrepid, Richard Somers broke his ring into three parts and gave one to each of his boyhood friends, Stephen Decatur and Charles Stewart.
Stewart. ’’22 Stewart was ultimately rewarded for his performance during the Quasi-War by being retained on the active service list. Having the broad perspective of his experiences in the just-concluded war, Charles Stewart, more than many Americans, realized how vulnerable American commerce was to the interests of Georgian Britain and Napoleonic France. S. Navy first dealt with another threat that had harried European seaborne 21 ................. 11333$ $CH2 05-20-05 13:09:44 PS PAGE 21 A Call to the Sea commerce for centuries and American enterprise since independence: the Barbary States of North Africa.
3 On 1 October Syren met Constitution, John Adams, and Nautilus off Gibraltar. Commodore Preble informed Stewart and the other commanders of his intention to deal with Morocco first. While the rest of the squadron set sail for Tangier and a confrontation with the Moroccan emperor, Stewart and Syren were directed to provide escort for a convoy of American merchant ships. On 9 October Syren rendezvoused with the squadron off Tangier, where he found only the frigates New York and John Adams and the schooner Enterprise lying in the bay.
A Call to the Sea: Captain Charles Stewart of the USS Constitution by Claude Berube, John Rodgaard