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.


February 20, 1815 -

War of 1812 - on this date, about 180 miles east of Madeira, Captain Charles Stewart, in command of the American 44-gun frigate, USS CONSTITUTION, encountered the British 34-gun frigate, HMS CYANE, sailing in tandem with the 18-gun sloop, HMS LEVANT. Although the two British ships combined outgunned him, Stewart outmaneuvered and captured both. CONSTITUTION suffered little damage in engaging the two ships but was found to have twelve 32-pound British cannonballs embedded in her hull - none penetrated. A prize crew safely got CYANE to Boston, however LEVANT was recaptured by Captain George Collier, commanding the 50-gun frigate, HMS LEANDER. Stewart and CONSTITUTION managed to elude and escape Collier's squadron.

USS CONSTITUTION remains the oldest, commissioned, active duty American Naval ship. In October of this year, she will celebrate her 221st birthday. 


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