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Tyrone G. Martin

Tyrone G. Martin is a US Navy commander and naval historian, notable as an authority on the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides"), of which he was the 57th captain, between 1974 and 1978. Now retired after 26 years in the Navy, he has written several books about Old Ironsides, as well as numerous articles on various aspects of the ship and her times, plus the "Salty Talk" column in the journal Naval History[?].

Before commanding the Constitution, he commanded two destroyers (which ones?) on tours of duty off Korea and Vietnam.

He received the Robert G. Albion Award[?] from the National Maritime Historical Society[?] in 1997.


  • A Most Fortunate Ship (Globe Pequot Press, 1980, revised ed. 2003)
  • Undefeated: Old Ironsides in the War of 1812 (Chapel Hill: Tryon Publishing Company, 1996)
  • Creating a Legend (Chapel Hill: Tryon Publishing Company, 1997)
  • editor, The USS Constitution's Finest Fight, 1815: The Journal of Acting Chaplain Assheton Humphreys (Nautical & Aviation Publishing, 2000)

  • "North Carolina's Ironclad", Naval History, vol. 10 no. 4 (Jul 1996)
  • "Recording the Tradition, Naval History, vol. 14 no. 2 (Apr 2000)
  • "She WAS the Academy", Naval History, vol. 16 no. 2 (Oct 2002)

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