Historic Ships

On May 18, 2015, the worlds oldest commissioned military ship afloat, the United States Navy's USS CONSTITUTION (Old Ironsides) entered drydock at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Massachusetts for a 2.5 to 3 -year restoration with most of the work to be on the ship's bow and on her hull below the waterline.

On July 23, 2017 at 2315 hours, USS CONSTITUTION was again afloat in Boston Harbor after 26 months in drydock for repairs to her hull and rigging. She will be at a layberth for final repairs and will reopen to the public in September of this year.

In October this year, CONSTITUTION will celebrate her 220th birthday.


September 21, 1854 - Maritime Mysteries - on this date, in the Pacific Ocean near the coast of China, the ten-gun American brig, USS PORPOISE, disappeared. The ship was part of North Pacific Exploring and Surveying Expedition squadron. She was sighted early on this date between Formosa and the Chinese mainland as she separated from her squadron. She was never seen nor heard of again. The most plausible and generally accepted explanation for the ship's disappearance is the she was caught in a typhoon a few days after separating from the squadron, foundered and sank taking all 80 men onboard down with her.


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