The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
"Stars and Garters of an Admiral": American Commodores in the War of 1812
Publication:
The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord (St. John's, NL), Jan 2006, p. 53-63


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Creator:
Malcomson, Robert, Author
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Articles
Description:
During the War of 1812, the American Navy was still in its developmental stage, from the point of view of its policies and traditions. An obvious sign of this development was the general use of the term "Commodore" which was not an official rank at the time. This article is a preliminary survey that explains how the official representatives of the Naval Service Department and naval officers used the term "commodore" during their official communications and also demonstrates that during the war only four senior officers received this honorary rank consistently and
frequently. The less common use of this term is also analyzed and with supporting evidence, this article illustrates the discord among the officers.
Date of Publication:
Jan 2006
Date Of Event:
1812-1814
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Language of Item:
English
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Copyright Holder:
Canadian Nautical Research Society
Recommended Citation:
The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, XVI No1,(January2006),53-63.
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Canadian Nautical Research Society
"Stars and Garters of an Admiral": American Commodores in the War of 1812
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"Stars and Garters of an Admiral": American Commodores in the War of 1812


During the War of 1812, the American Navy was still in its developmental stage, from the point of view of its policies and traditions. An obvious sign of this development was the general use of the term "Commodore" which was not an official rank at the time. This article is a preliminary survey that explains how the official representatives of the Naval Service Department and naval officers used the term "commodore" during their official communications and also demonstrates that during the war only four senior officers received this honorary rank consistently and
frequently. The less common use of this term is also analyzed and with supporting evidence, this article illustrates the discord among the officers.