SMN Barney Bressland

Death 18 Mar 1803
At Sea
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: USS Constellation
Memorial ID 97472029 · View Source
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Barney Bressland, Ordinary Seaman, US Navy, Died on board USS Constellation.

U.S., Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1941about Barney Bressland
Name: Barney Bressland
Death Date: 18 Mar 1803
Volume Title: Officers and Enlisted Men (Volume 1), 1776-1885

USS Constellation was a 38-gun frigate, one of the six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794. She was distinguished as the first U.S. Navy vessel to put to sea and the first U.S. Navy vessel to engage and defeat an enemy vessel. Constructed in 1797, she was decommissioned in 1853.

During the United States' preoccupation with France during the Quasi-War, troubles with the Barbary States were suppressed by the payment of tribute to ensure that American merchant ships were not harassed and seized.[26] In 1801 Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli, dissatisfied with the amount of tribute he was receiving in comparison to Algiers, demanded an immediate payment of $250,000. In response, Thomas Jefferson sent a squadron of frigates to protect American merchant ships in the Mediterranean and pursue peace with the Barbary States.[28][29]

The first squadron, under the command of Richard Dale in President, was instructed to escort merchant ships through the Mediterranean and negotiate with leaders of the Barbary States.[28]

Sailing with the squadron of Commodore Richard Morris, and later, with that of Commodores Samuel Barron and John Rodgers, Constellation served in the blockade of Tripoli in May 1802. She cruised widely throughout the Mediterranean in 1804 to show the flag; evacuated in June 1805 a contingent of U.S.Marines, as well as diplomatic personages, from Derne at the conclusion of a fleet-shore operation against Tripoli; and took part in a squadron movement against Tunis that culminated in peace terms in August 1805. Constellation returned to the States in November 1805, mooring at Washington where she later was placed in ordinary until 1812.

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  • Added: 20 Sep 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 97472029
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SMN Barney Bressland (unknown–18 Mar 1803), Find a Grave Memorial no. 97472029, ; Maintained by Rubbings (contributor 47671529) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a USS Constellation.