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Charles Stewart’s lifetime of crusing and wrestle at the excessive seas opponents that of Patrick O’Brien’s fictional hero, Jack Aubrey. Stewart held extra sea instructions (11) than the other U.S. military captain and served longer (63 years) than any officer in American naval heritage. He commanded all sorts of warship, from sloop to ship-of-the-line, and served each president from John Adams to Abraham Lincoln.Born in Philadelphia throughout the American Revolution, Stewart met President Washington and went to sea as a cabin boy on a merchantman earlier than age 13. In March 1798, at age nineteen, he got a naval fee one month ahead of the dep. of the military was once verified. Stewart went directly to an illustrious naval profession: Thomas Jefferson well-known his Mediterranean exploits throughout the Barbary Wars, Stewart recommended James Madison on the outset of the battle 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 popularity 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 at the same time, either send and captain got here to be often called “Old Ironsides.”
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Isaac Hull’s Argus the next day. Together, they cruised south, and, on orders from Commodore Preble, Stewart took his brig to Algiers, arriving on 20 December. Upon his arrival, the American consul informed Stewart of the Philadelphia’s capture. ) Losing no time, Lieutenant Stewart shifted into his dress uniform and left his brig to personally present to the dey of Algiers gifts that would augment the recently concluded peace. After a brief stay in Algiers, Stewart set sail for Syracuse, Sicily, and Preble’s squadron.
Again, as each ship was ready, she went to sea to rendezvous at Gibraltar. The first, the twelve-gun schooner Nautilus, commanded by Charles Stewart’s boyhood friend Lt. Richard Somers, arrived on 27 July. The thirty-eight-gun frigate Philadelphia, commanded by Capt. William Bainbridge, arrived on 24 August. The twelve-gun Vixen, commanded by Lt. John Smith, arrived on 12 29 ................. 11333$ $CH3 05-20-05 13:09:43 PS PAGE 29 A Call to the Sea September. The flagship carrying Preble, the forty-four-gun frigate Constitution, arrived on 14 September.
30 Commodore Murray received permission to anchor in Gibraltar and was shown great civility and attention by no less a personage than V. Adm. 33 Keith graciously offered them the use of the dockyard to effect repairs to the Chesapeake. S. ships and men. Shortly after Commodore Morris’s arrival in Gibraltar, the Constellation was ordered to sail for Tripoli and establish a blockade of the port. S. twenty-eight-gun frigate Boston, under the com24 ................. 11333$ $CH2 05-20-05 13:09:51 PS PAGE 24 From Commissioning to Captaincy mand of Capt.