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 was at a layberth for final repairs and reopened to the public in September of 2017.

In October this year, CONSTITUTION will celebrate her 221st birthday.

 

April 23, 1943 - WWII - on this date southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland, the German submarine, U-191, was depth charged by the British destroyer, HMS HESPERUS, and sunk. Just two days prior to sinking and only 20 days into its first patrol, U-191 scored its first and only kill: the Norwegian cargo ship, SCEBELI, which had been in a convoy bound from Liverpool to New York. The ship was in ballast except for 2,300 bags of mail. Two men were lost, 39 others survived and were picked up by HMS KALE and landed at Newfoundland three days later. U-191 went down with all 55 men, including its 27 year old commander. None survived.

 

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