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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about USS Constellation

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 10, 2015

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Where you’ll find the ship
The museum ship is a dockside attraction in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland

Fun Fact
USS Constellation is rated a sloop of war/corvette. A corvette was traditionally the smallest class of vessel considered to be a proper warship (not to be confused with the Chevrolet Corvette). Want to know why she is labeled a “sloop” of war? This Wikipedia article explains the terminology and how it has evolved.

The backstory
Where to begin…The last all-sail warship built by the US Navy, USS Constellation served her country for nearly 100 years in both military and non-military roles. From 1859-1861, she was the flagship of the US African Squadron charged with the mission of intercepting vessels engaged in the illegal slave trade along the coast of West Africa.  During her later years, she sailed as a training ship at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She was last under sail in 1893. Her final role as a commissioned vessel came during World War II when she served as flagship of the US Atlantic Fleet. The ship underwent a massive restoration to return her to her original 1854 configuration.

Who sails
Although she doesn’t sail anymore, the ship is open to public tours, and you can stay overnight as part of the educational programming of Historic Ships in Baltimore

www.historicships.org

Photos courtesy of www.historicships.org and www.baltimorebiz.com

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