Tyrone G. Martin, the author, was captain of the USS Constitution during the nation's bicentennial celebrations. After decades of research and study, Martin was able to confirm that the innovative diagonal riders which ensured the frigate's long life were present at the ship's launching. He also provides details about the famous ship's participation in battles that have long been ignored or glossed over in official reports. Pictorial battle diagrams are included.
The book not only tells Constitution's complete story, but also presents a picture of life in the U.S. Navy during the nineteenth century - its proud moments as well as its concerns, attitudes, and tensions. Fascinating details are presented on the organization, care, feeding, and disciplining of the crew, and on events that involved such famous names in early American naval history as Edward Preble and Stephen Decatur.
Tyrone G. Martin, Commander, USN (Ret.) was the first Constitution skipper since 1815 to be decorated for his command tour. He is the author of two other books, Undefeated and Creating a Legend, and numerous articles for such magazines as the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings and Naval History, and for American Neptune.