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

Posted by Tall Ships America on February 16, 2016


U.S.S. Constitution

Just yesterday, the country celebrated President’s Day to honor the great leaders of the United States of America. Let’s pay homage to them by learning more about a vessel which is the oldest commissioned warship in the world still afloat.

Where you’ll find the ship

Charlestown Navy Yard in Charlestown, MA while she undergoes a refit.

Presidential Fun Facts

  1. The name Constitution was selected by President George Washington.
  2. President John Adams attended Constitution’s launching ceremony in 1797.
  3. A figurehead of President Andrew Jackson  was installed under the bowsprit in 1875, which was subjected to controversy due to his unpopularity in Boston at the time.
  4. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt placed her in permanent commission.

The backstory

Launched in 1797, U.S.S. Constitution was one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794. Constitution was built in Edmund Hartt’s shipyard in the North End of Boston, MA. The vessel is most famous for her actions during the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: HMS Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of “Old Ironsides” and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She continued to serve as flagship in the Mediterranean  and African squadrons, and circled the world in the 1840s. Retired from active service in 1881, she was designated a museum ship in 1907. Constitution sailed under her own power for her 200th birthday in 1997, and again in August 2012, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her victory over Guerriere.

Who Sails

The United States Navy



Tune in next Tuesday to see what Tall Ship will be featured next!


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