Sitting down in their wardroom for dinner, Constitution's officers look just like gentlemen ashore dining in a good restaurant. Indeed, they eat far better than the seamen they command. They club together to buy fresh food, preserves and wines. Their servants act as cooks and waiters. These are not the only advantages of their rank. Ranged around the wardroom and nearby are officers' cabins. Though hardly more than cubicles, they provide privacy, a cot bed, and storage space.
The wardroom was a private space for officers to eat together and each had his own cabin to sleep in. Visit Meet the Crew with your students and read about the different officers’ roles on board Constitution. Explore the scene to learn about the other ranks. Compare where the Lieutenants are located in the Meet the Crew chart with the ordinary and able seamen’s location. How many Lieutenants and other officers are there, and how many common sailors? For reference, compare the men who served aboard Constitution to the ranking system at your school. For example, the Captain is like the Principle, the Officers are like the teachers, and the common sailors are like the students.