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 celebrated her 220th birthday.

 

November 24, 1941 -

WWII - on this date in the mid-South Atlantic Ocean, the German submarine U-124 torpedoed the British light cruiser, HMS DUNEDIN, in mid-afternoon. The ship sank within less than twenty minutes. 419 men died, 67 survived and were rescued three days after the sinking by the American steamer NISHMAHA.

 Initially, around 250 men had survived on Carly Floats. Injuries, weather, heat and sharks took their toll. NISHMAHA found only 72 men alive, five died enroute to Trinidad. 

 

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