65. The Decatur Family Naval Collection, 1840s - 1955



The name Decatur is one of the most revered names in American naval history. Included in this collection is the number one ensign of the USS Constitution from her service as the flagship of the Mediterranean Squadron.

The USS Constitution was named by George Washington and was originally launched in 1797. She was built in Boston, MA and boasts three masts as well as a beautiful wooden hull. Her nickname is "Old Ironsides" and the 44-gun frigate is most famous for her contribution to the War of 1812 where she led forces in a fight against Great Britain.

It was in 1797 that she was used to "show the flag" in the generation after Stephen Decaturs brilliant victories in the Barbary Wars, then again during the Quasi-War and most notably during the War of 1812. "Old Ironsides" is now primarily used to encourage an understanding of the U.S. Navy during both peaceful periods and war and is often used in demonstrations and various public events that promote educational outreach.

The great naval tradition of flying the flag was continued by his namesake nephew Stephen Decatur, whose long career continued the Decatur familys naval calling and began a tradition where the female members of the family preserved the naval flags of their husbands, brothers and fathers.

 

The Decatur Family Naval Collection, 1840s - 1955 Grouping

 



17 RESULTS
Item Ref Item Name Sub-Collection
U.S. Navy Commodores Broad Pennant 1869-1876. ZFC3543 U.S. Navy Commodores Broad Pennant 1869-1876. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. Navy Appointment Letter - Lieutenant Decatur. ZFC3558 U.S. Navy Appointment Letter - Lieutenant Decatur. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S 13 Star 4-5-4 Flag - ARP. ZFC3535 U.S 13 Star 4-5-4 Flag - ARP. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. 13 Star Boat Flag - Captain Stephen Decatur. ZFC3536 U.S. 13 Star Boat Flag - Captain Stephen Decatur. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
Distinctive Mark of the U.S. Navy, 1865 - 1872. ZFC3542 Distinctive Mark of the U.S. Navy, 1865 - 1872. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
Image on porcelain of Commodore Stephen Decatur. ZFC3557 Image on porcelain of Commodore Stephen Decatur. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
Williamsburgh Yacht Club Pennant, Brooklyn, 1865. ZFC3540 Williamsburgh Yacht Club Pennant, Brooklyn, 1865. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. Yacht Ensign from Lear Storer Decatur Family. ZFC3545 U.S. Yacht Ensign from Lear Storer Decatur Family. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. Williamsburg Yacht Club Pennant or Burgee. ZFC3539 U.S. Williamsburg Yacht Club Pennant or Burgee. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. Williamsburg Yacht Club Pennant or Burgee. ZFC3541 U.S. Williamsburg Yacht Club Pennant or Burgee. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
45 Star U.S. Flag or Ensign, Charles Fish. ZFC3537 45 Star U.S. Flag or Ensign, Charles Fish. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
45 Star U.S. Flag or Ensign. ZFC3538 45 Star U.S. Flag or Ensign. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. 13 Star Boat Flag 1913. ZFC3546 U.S. 13 Star Boat Flag 1913. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. 2 Star Service Flag, WWI. ZFC3547 U.S. 2 Star Service Flag, WWI. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. 2 Star Service Flag, WWIl. ZFC3548 U.S. 2 Star Service Flag, WWIl. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. 48 Star Ensign Christening of U.S.S. Decatur. ZFC3544 U.S. 48 Star Ensign Christening of U.S.S. Decatur. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years
U.S. Navy, Christening Bottle, U.S.S. Decatur. ZFC3549 U.S. Navy, Christening Bottle, U.S.S. Decatur. Decatur Collection of Military & Naval Service - Spanning 100 years

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