"Step this way, gentlemen, to join the crew of America's finest frigate." Standing in the street of a seaport, Constitution's recruiting officer Charles Morgan has a well-rehearsed story. He tells potential seamen about the pay, the food, and the chance of glory and fortune in the Navy. Many men in the crowd do not need any persuasion. Willing volunteers file into the Rendezvous. This makeshift recruiting office is a boarding house that Morgan has rented for two weeks.
Leaving home for what may have been months on end with a crew whom you barely knew must have been frightening. Discuss with your students: what would you take with you to remind you of the comforts of home? Pictures, special tokens, letters? Share the image of John's Lord's Seabag with your students, and encourage them to design and color their own seabag with images that remind them of home. They should be able to explain their decorations. You can also play this as an interactive game online. Post your favorite designs to the Museum's Facebook page by "liking" USS Constitution Museum and uploading them to the wall.