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USS Constitution

USS Constitution, Old Ironsides, U.S. NavyThe USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is definitely not a shipwreck. But it is the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy. The Constitution is a famous New England-built ship, and a rare surviving example of early warship construction. On permanent exhibit in Boston Harbor, the Constitution is available for touring year-round and free of charge. When you visit Boston, be sure to tour the USS Constitution.

Built  in Boston, in 1797, the Constitution is a 44-gun wood-hulled frigate. Her nickname "Old Ironsides" comes from the fact that cannon balls bounced off her sides while in combat in the War of 1812. Constitution was one of America's first warships and has a long history of service to the U.S. Navy.

The gallery below contains a collection of pictures of the USS Constitution. Most of the photos are by our author Dave Clancy. Enjoy!

 

Constitution Gallery
Click thumbnails for larger views
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USS Constitution
was built in Boston in 1797
(USS Constitution Website)
Constitution is the oldest
ship in the U.S. Navy
(Navy recruiting poster)
In her most famous battle
she destroyed the HMS
Guerrier
in the War of 1812
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For years, Constitution
was used as a Navy barracks
(Library of Congress)
In the 1930s she was
completely restored as a
museum ship
Each summer Constitution
does a tug-assisted turn-
around in Boston Harbor
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Constitution is docked at
the Charlestown Navy Yard
near downtown Boston
You can get there by car
tour bus, or a 15-minute walk
from North Station
Security is tight on the ship -
much like airport security
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Here's Constitution at her
dock in Boston
Click the plan above for a
virtual ship tour on the
USS Constitution Website
Deadeyes are used to adjust
the standing rigging
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Stern view of the ship Note the line of people
on the gangplank
The Captain's gig
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The Spar Deck - looking
toward the bow
Cannons line the Spar Deck
and Gun Deck
The capstan is used
to haul in lines
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Here's the helm -
the two wheels allow
for more manpower
The lines are kept
well organized
Catheads are used in handling  the anchors
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The worm and rammer are
used to clean and load
the cannons
Some Navy guides
wear period uniforms
Various types of shot
for the cannons
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A manually-operated
bilge pump
The grog tub held the grog -
a daily ration for each man
Here' the scuttle butt - the
ship's water fountain
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Polite Navy seamen are the
tour guides
Constitution's bow against
the Boston skyline
USS Constitution - as seen
from the water

 

Links to Related Websites

USS Constitution - Official Navy Site  
USS Constitution Museum  
USS Constitution Restoration  

 


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