Few ships have as much prestige and history behind them as the U.S.S. Constitution, one of the U.S. Navy’s original six frigates, built in 1797. The Constitution was even named by George Washington himself!
The U.S.S. Constitution is notable for its role in the War of 1812, scoring several sea victories against the British and emboldening the spirits of the American military. During a duel with the HMS Guerriere, British cannonballs were seen bouncing from the Constitution‘s thick oak hull, which spawned the vessel’s legendary nickname, “Old Ironsides.”
The Constitution survived the War and served another four decades in the Navy before being taken out of active service in 1855. Today, the Constitution is still a commissioned warship in the Navy, though permanently harbored in Boston, Massachusetts. The ship is open daily for tours and also hosts special events, including functions related to its status as “America’s Ship of State.”
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Official Navy Site of U.S.S. Constitution
City of Boston: USS Constitution and Charlestown Navy Yard
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